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Unless otherwise noted, tickets to and reservations for these events are not required.

September 2015

Thursday, September 10, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: SRIKANTH REDDY

As part of the ongoing series, poet Srikanth Reddy will give a lecture on poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with his inaugural reading. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

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

Monday, September 21, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: SINGAPOREAN LITERATURE

Poet/essayist, Jee Leong Koh, playwright/translator, Jeremy Tiang, and writer/editor, Frank Stewart, will read from Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore as part of MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing’sseries of contemporary literature from Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.

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

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM
TRIBUTE TO PHILIP LEVINE

An event to honor the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, who passed away in February. Participants include Kate Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorianne Laux, Mari L’Esperance, Paul Mariani, Jane Mead, Tomás Q. Morín, Sharon Olds, Tom Sleigh, Gerald Stern, and David St. John. The event will also feature the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Academy of American Poets; Cave Canem Foundation; Cooper Union; NYU Creative Writing Program; Penguin Random House; Poets House; Poetry Society of America; Queens College; Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y.

Location: Cooper Union (The Great Hall) 7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Contact:  (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, September 29, 3:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: SWEDISH LITERATURE

Editors and translators Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström read in English and Swedish from their new book The Star By My Head: Poets From Sweden. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Library of Congress European Division and presented in partnership with Chapters Literary Arts Center, SWEA International, Inc., Milkweed Editions, Kulturrådet, Swedish Arts Council.

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

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October 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 PM
NATIONAL POETRY DAY READING

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will give Poetry Foundation’s 61st annual Poetry Day. Inaugurated by Robert Frost in 1955, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished poetry reading series in the country. Doors open at 5:00pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Public Library.

Location: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: BRIAN TURNER

Poet, essayist, and professor Brian Turner will discuss his work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. 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

Friday, October 16, 6:30 PM
CONCERT & CONVERSATION CELEBRATING ROBERT LOWELL

Celebrated composer Michael Hersch introduces ATOS Trio who will perform the world premiere of his “Carrion-Miles to Purgatory: Thirteen Pieces After Robert Lowell,” a commission from the Library's Hansk Kindler Foundation Trust Fund. Hersch will also discuss intersections between Lowell’s creativity and psychological challenges with renowned psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison. This event is free and open to the public. Ticket reservations required for 8:00PM concert. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Music Division.

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

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November 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: ALICE FULTON

Bobbitt Prize winner, Alice Fulton will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. 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

Thursday, November 5, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Program residents Nael Eltoukhy (Egypt), Harris Khalique (Pakistan), Birgül Oğuz (Turkey), and Margarita Mateo Palmer (Cuba) read selections of their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Presented in partnership with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

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

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: VIET THANH NGUYEN

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen will read from his new novel, The Sympathizer, and participate in a moderated discussion with Mimi Khúc, Asian American Studies Program faculty at the University of Maryland." This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

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

Tuesday, November 24, 12:00 PM
MAKING THE CASE: CRITICS ON LITERATURE

The launch of a new series with the National Book Critics Circle, poet and critic Stephen Burt will give a lecture titled “The Poem Is You.” This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing to follow. Presented in partnership with the National Book Critics Circle.

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

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December 2015

Friday, December 4, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: RACHEL ZUCKER

As part of the ongoing series, poet and memoirist Rachel Zucker will give a lecture on poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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