Poetry and Literature
“Was there nothing to do all winter there but pine for better weather?” Debora Greger Read poem
Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Natasha Trethewey to serve a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will follow previous multiyear laureates—such as Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins—and undertake a signature project: a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series.
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Natasha Trethewey's Poet Laureate Project: "Where Poetry Lives"
During her second term, the Laureate is participating in a series of reports with PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown, as part of the show's Poetry Series. These reports, in locations across the country, explore societal issues through poetry's focused lens. Learn more and view webcasts
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Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Natasha Trethewey, selected poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers as the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship and named poet Jake Adam York posthumously as a fellow.
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.
Conversations with African Poets and Writers
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.
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.
Author Cynthia Levinson on "The 1963 Birmingham Children's March"
April 23, 7:00 p.m.
THE LIFE OF A POET: EDWARD HIRSCH. As part of new series, The Washington Post Fiction Editor Ron Charles will conduct an in-depth interview with poet Edward Hirsch. This event is free and open to the public.
April 30, 12:00 Noon
WEBINAR: BRINGING POETRY TO THE PUBLIC. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Rob Casper (Poetry and Literature Center) is joined by Michael Melia (PBS NewsHour) and Craig Teicher (National Public Radio) in a conversation about how the news media promotes poetry The webinar is free and open to the public but registration is required.
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: BURMESE POETRY. Christopher Merrill reading the poetry of revered exiled Burmese writer U Tin Moe as well as other contemporary Burmese poets. This event is free and open to the public.