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Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

Charles WrightLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Charles Wright to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will follow Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms in the position, and give an opening reading at the Library on September 25th.

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Poetry of America

Image of Walt WhitmanThis series was launched is 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'sHispanic Division and reads from his or her work. New writers added!

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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

Cynthia LevinsonAs 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.

“Room Enough to Say What I Mean”: An Interview with Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
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Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 25 at 1:45 PM
Texas Book Festival: A conversation on poetry
with Texas state Poet Laureate Dean Young and Rob Casper
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OCTOBER 30 at 4 PM
Asian American Literature
with MacArthur “Genius” fellow Yiyun Li
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NOVEMBER 4 at 7 PM
National Book Critics Circle Award winner August Kleinzahler discusses his poetry with The Washington Post's Ron Charles
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NOVEMBER 6, 1:00 - 5:30 PM
International Writing Program Showcase

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DECEMBER 8 from 9 AM - 4 PM
Emily Dickinson Day & Evening
, help us celebrate her 184th birthday!
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Webcasts and Podcasts

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A Celebration of American Poets Laureate

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