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Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe HerreraHerrera was renewed by Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate. He took up his duties on September 1st, 2016, and launched his Poet Laureate online project, “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon,” the following month. Herrera’s other second-term projects include the “Laureate Lab—Visual Wordist Studio” in Fresno, CA, and a program with high school teachers, “Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream,” in Chicago, IL.
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The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon

La Casa de Colores“The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” is a bilingual, illustrated poem created by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and artist Juana Medina. This poem, presented online at, will feature contributions by second and third grade students and their elementary school librarians from across the country. We invite you to participate and help tell Catalina Neon’s story. 

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Ray Gonzales2017 Witter Bynner Fellow

The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Ray Gonzales for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Learn more

Poetry of America

PoetryThis series was launched as part of the Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Through two features, “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History,” leaders in the literary field explore how poetry connects to the following themes: immigration and migration, work and industry, social change, and peace and war.

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Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers

Image of U.S. Hispanic WritersThis series features emerging and established American poets and prose writers of Hispanic descent who write predominantly in English. In each segment the featured poet or writer participates in a moderated discussion with a member of the Library's Hispanic Division and reads from his or her work.

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Conversations with African Poets and Writers

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Launched in the fall of 2011 with Ali Mazrui, who gave a talk on the state of contemporary African literature, this series (presented here as webcasts of past programs) has followed with readings/discussions with emerging and established novelists, poets, and short story writers from around the Continent.

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Interview Series

Dorothea LaskyAs part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s 75th Anniversary, this new series features emerging and established literary writers in a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation.

“The Notion of Life and Art as Constant Performance”: An Interview with Dorothea Lasky

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Upcoming Events

MARCH 21 at 6:30 PM
2017 Witter Bynner Fellow, Ray Gonzalez, will read selections from his work.
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MARCH 30 at 4 PM
US/CA Capital Poetry Exchange: Canadian poets Suzanne Buffam, Liz Howard and David O’Meara share and discuss selections of their work with Monty Reid, director of VERSeFest.
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APRIL 3 at 7 PM
Fiction, Faith, and the Imagination: Authors/scholars Geraldine Brooks, Paul Harding, Steven Knapp, and Alan Lightman join 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, Marilynne Robinson in a panel discussion..
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APRIL 4 at 7 PM
The Life of a Poet: Dana Levin will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World.
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Webcasts and Podcasts

Phillip Levine Closes the Literary Season

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Poetry Out Loud:
2016 National Book Festival

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