Poetry and Literature
“Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave your house or apartment. Go out into the world.” Ron Koertge 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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Congratulations to Mary Szybist, who has been awarded this year's National Book Award in poetry for her second book Incarnadine: Poems. Szybist was chosen in 2009 by Poet Laureate Kay Ryan as a co-recipient of the 12th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship.
Watch a webcast of Szybist's 2009 fellowship reading
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.
Author Cynthia Levinson on "The 1963 Birmingham Children's March"
March 19, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Authors Sam Lipsyte and Howard Norman will celebrate the birthday of American novelist Philip Roth by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public.
March 20, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS & WRITERS: TOPE FOLARIN. Nigerian author Tope Folarin, winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, will read selections from his short story “Miracle.” This event is free and open to the public.
March 26, 6:30 p.m.
WITTER BYNNER FELLOWSHIP READING. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will announce and introduce her selection for the Library of Congress’s annual Witter Bynner Fellowship. The new fellow will celebrate with a reading from his/her work. This event is free and open to the public.