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

August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 4:00 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew will appoint the sixth class of National Student Poets, five outstanding youth poets from across the United States, for their original work. Program to include a pinning ceremony and poetry reading. Public reception to follow. Free tickets required. Presented in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

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

September 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING

Tracy K. Smith will give her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will be joined by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who will open the event by reading an original poem. Free tickets required. Presented in partnership with Urban Word. Public reception with book sales and signing to follow.

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

Thursday, September 28, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: ANTJIE KROG

South African writer Antjie Krog will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. 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 and Howard University.

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

October 2017

Monday, October 23, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: DAWN LUNDY MARTIN

Poet Dawn Lundy Martin 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

November 2017

Monday, November 29, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: RAE ARMANTROUT

Poet Rae Armantrout 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

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