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Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe HerreraHerrera took up his duties as the 21st Poet Laureate on Tuesday, September 15th—the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month—with a reading of his work at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Herrera launched his Poet Laureate Project—La Casa de Colores—on September 15 (see details below).
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La Casa de Colores, or “the House of Colors,” is a house for all voices and this year's project of Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. La Casa de Colores includes two features: La Familia, an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem, with new themes announced each month, and El Jardín, monthly updates of our Laureate’s experiences with the wealth of materials at the Library of Congress.

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From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature Blog

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Poetry of America

PoetryThis 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.

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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

Heather ChristleAs 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.

“Why Pretend That We Speak a False Language?”: An Interview with Dawn Lundy Martin

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 PM
Poets Jennifer Chang and Mark McMorris read selections of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation along with co-editor Lynn Melnick and Viking Children’s Books Senior Editor, Sharyn November.

Thursday, December 3, 4:00 PM
A symposium on Dante Alighieri with scholars Francesco Ciabattoni, Kristina Marie Olson, Bernardo Piciché, and Eugenio Refini, moderated by Lucia Alma Wolf.

Thursday, December 3, 6:00 PM
Witter Bynner fellow Emily Fragos reads a selection of her work followed by a conversation with poet KC Trommer.

Friday, December 4, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: As part of the ongoing series, poet and memoirist Rachel Zucker will give a lecture on poetry.

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Webcasts and Podcasts

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Featured Webcast:
Literary Birthday Celebration: Edna St. Vincent Millay; with speakers Alicia Ostriker and Claudia Emerson.

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