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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 Read.gov, 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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From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature Blog

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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

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This 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

NOVEMBER 18 at 12 PM
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Ghanaian writer Kwame Dawes will read selections of his work and participate in a moderated discussion with Angel Batiste.
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DECEMBER 2 at 12:00 PM
International Literature: William Egginton, Andrew W. Mellon Professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his new book The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World.
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Webcasts and Podcasts

Phillip Levine Closes the Literary Season

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Philip Levine Closes the Literary Season, May 2012

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