Poetry and Literature
“Those are the central mountains, the surrounding plains, the coasts of mangrove ...” Oliver Rice Read this poem
Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey
The 19th Poet Laureate begins her residency in the Washington, D.C. in January 2013 and will work in the Poets Room of the Poetry and Literature Center until May 2013 -- the first time the Poet Laureate has done so since the inception of the position in 1986.
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Past Poets Laureate
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Poetry of America
This new series 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.
As 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.
"How do you go about finding the heart?": Aracelis Girmay on Poetry, Discovery, and Grief
Friday, May 31, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: WALT WHITMAN. Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith celebrate the birthday of the American father of free verse.
Thursday, June 27, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR. Poets Holly Bass and Al Young celebrate the birthday of the famed 19th Century African-American poet, novelist, playwright, and librettist.