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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 ColoresLa Casa de Colores

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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Allison Hedge Coke2016 Witter Bynner Fellow

The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Allison Hedge Coke for the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Learn more

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

FEBRUARY 8 at 12:00 Noon
Poets Jennifer Atkinson and Vijay Seshadri will celebrate the birthday of poet Elizabeth Bishop. Learn more

FEBRUARY 9-10
21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will share his laureate project, Casa de Colores, and conduct workshops with Chicago elementary, middle, and high school students. Learn more

FEBRUARY 11 at 12 Noon
Chilean poet Raúl Zurita and his translator, Anna Deeny Morales will give a bilingual reading of Zurita’s work, followed by a moderated discussion. Learn more

MARCH 2 at 7:00 PM
Poet, translator, and journalist Dunya Mikhail will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post Book World. Learn more

MARCH 8 at 7:00 PM
To celebrate the landmark exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera and poets Arlene Biala and Diana García will read work in response to the exhibition. Learn more

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Webcasts and Podcasts

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Featured Webcast:
Literary Birthday Celebration:
Gwendolyn Brooks

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