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September 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 12:00 noon
"I DONE WHAT I COULD": OCCUPATIONAL POETRY IN THE PACIFIC NORHTWEST

Folklorist Jens Lund, of the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission (Emeritus), will discuss the tradition of composing and reciting occupational folk poetry in the Pacific Northwest. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5510

Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS & WRITERS: AMADOU KONÉ

Ivoirian author Amadou Koné will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary West African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society on the National Summit of Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building (second floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, September 26, 12:00 Noon
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: CONVERSATION WITH TOM CHRISTENSEN

Author, editor, and translator Tom Christensen will discuss his newest work, Landscape with Yellow Birds, a translation of the poetry of the late José Ángel Valente published this year by Archipelago Press. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Monday, September 30, 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
DISTRICT OF LITERATURE FESTIVAL

A day-long celebration reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future, with readings and panel discussions. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information about the festival, including specific times and locations of events, please visit www.folger.edu/dol. Presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, with media support from Slate.

Location: LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building (first floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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October 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 PM
HILL CENTER SERIES: NICK FLYNN

Memoirist, playwright, and poet Nick Flynn will discuss his work with Ron Charles, the fiction editor of the Washington Post. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, October 9, 3:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: JOSÉ ANTONIO MAZZOTTI

Poet José Antonio Mazzotti will read from his poetry and discuss the current state of contemporary Latin American literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

Location: LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building (first floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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November 2013

Tuesday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
WITTER BYNNER STATE READING

Sharon Dolin, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 16th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, will read in her home state, followed by moderated conversation with poet Kim Addonizio. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book and the Poetry Society of America.

Location: Marquis Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, New York, NY
Contact: (212) 254-9628

Thursday, November 14, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS & WRITERS: ABDOURAHMAN WABERI

Djiboutian author Abdourahman Waberi will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society on the National Summit of Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building (second floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, November 15, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: MARIANNE MOORE

Poets Mary Jo Salter and Robyn Schiff will celebrate the birthday of American poet Marianne Moore by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on her their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Saturday, November 16th, 2:00 PM
POETRY READING AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY: LINES IN LONG ARRAY CELEBRATION

Poets Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Jorie Graham, Nikki Giovanni, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and C. D. Wright read to celebrate the publication of Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Contact: (202) 633-8300

Thursday, November 21, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ

Writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez will read from his work and participate in a moderated discussion on the current state of contemporary Latin American literature with translator Anne McLean, which will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Colombia and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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December 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS & WRITERS: MUKOMA WA NGUGI

Kenyan-American writer Mukoma Wa Ngugi will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society on the National Summit of Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building (second floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, December 5, 3:00 PM
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: DOROTHEA LASKY

Dorothea Lasky, the inaugural Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry, will give a talk titled, "The Beast: How Poetry Makes Us Human." This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Saturday, December 7, 7:00 PM
CONVERSATION WITH THE POET LAUREATE AND ROSANNE CASH

Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash concludes her residence at the Library of Congress with a conversation with the Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division.

Location: LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building (first floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 PM
WITTER BYNNER STATE READING

Shara McCallum, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 16th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, will read in her home state, followed by a moderated conversation. This Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, and presented in association with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Location: International Poetry Reading Room (Second floor), Carnegie Library Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Contact: (412) 622-886

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February 2014

Thursday February 6, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: CARL PHILLIPS

As part of new series, The Washington Post Fiction Editor Ron Charles will conduct an in-depth interview with poet Carl Phillips. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and The Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, February 14 , 2:00 PM
PINTURA / PALABRA: POETRY INSPIRED BY ART

Join Hispanic poets Brenda Cardenas and Valerie Martinez for a discussion of ekphrastic poetry. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Letras Latinas.

Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, February 20, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY CONVERSATION WITH ADMIRAL JAMES G. STAVRIDIS

A moderated discussion with the Admiral, who served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO's 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe, about how literature has impacted his career and what purpose it might have for members of the military. An audience Q&A will follow. This event is free and open to the public—please R.S.V.P. for entrance instructions. Cosponsored by the National Defense University Library.

Location: Lincoln Hall Auditorium, Lincoln Hall, National Defense University <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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March 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: PHILIP ROTH

Authors Sam Lipsyte and Howard Norman will celebrate the birthday of American novelist Philip Roth by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, March 20, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS & WRITERS: TOPE FOLARIN

Nigerian author Tope Folarin, winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, will read selections from his short story “Miracle” and be interviewed by Angel Batiste, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division, on the body of his work and on African contemporary literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building (second floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 PM
WITTER BYNNER FELLOWSHIP READING

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey introduces 2014 Witter Bynner Fellows Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and the late Jake Adam York. Jeffers will read her poetry, and Trethewey will read the work of York. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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April 2014

Thursday, April 10, 6:30 PM
LATINO POETRY: PIVOTAL VOICES, ERA OF TRANSITION

Poet and critic Rigoberto Gonzalez will deliver a lecture titled "Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition". This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, April 18, 12:00 Noon
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: ANDRÉS NEUMAN

Spanish-Argentinian writer Andrés Neuman will read and discuss his forthcoming novel, Talking to Ourselves. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, April 22, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: VLADIMIR NABOKOV

Authors Dinaw Mengestu and Azar Nafisi will celebrate the birthday of Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Manuscripts and Rare Books and Special Collections Divisions of the Library of Congress.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: EDWARD HIRSCH

As part of new series, The Washington Post Fiction Editor Ron Charles will conduct an in-depth interview with poet Edward Hirsch. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and The Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: BURMESE POETRY

A new series as part of Poet Lore's annual "World Poets in Translation" publication, featuring translator Christopher Merrill reading the poetry of revered exiled Burmese writer U Tin Moe as well as other contemporary Burmese poets and discussing the role of their poetry in a changing Burma. This event is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and book sales will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Asian Division and presented in partnership with Poet Lore.

Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5349

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May 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE FINAL LECTURE

Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture to conclude her second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library of Congress.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 PM
ASIAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: TARFIA FAIZULLAH

As part of APA Heritage Month, poet Tarfia Faizullah will present her debut collection of poems, Seam. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in partnership withthe Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building (third floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, May 30, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: COUNTEE CULLEN

Poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Tim Siebles will celebrate the birthday of American poet Countee Cullen by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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June 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2013, 12:00 noon 
LGBT POETRY CELEBRATION

As part of the week-long LGBT pride celebration in Washington, DC, the Library of Congress in hosting an inaugural event with readings by established and emerging gay and lesbian poets Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D. A. Powell, and Dan Vera. The event will also feature a display of the Library's rare LGBT materials. Book sales and a signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections Division and presented in partnership with Capital Pride.

Location: LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building (first floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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