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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. We are launching this project with an exciting new feature called La Familia. La Familia is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem, with new themes announced each month.

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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, October 7, 6:00 PM
NATIONAL POETRY DAY READING: 21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will give Poetry Foundation’s 61st annual Poetry Day.

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 PM
Poet, essayist, and professor Brian Turner will discuss his work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World.

Friday, October 16, 6:30 PM
Composer Michael Hersch introduces the ATOS Trio who will perform the world premiere of his “Carrion-Miles to Purgatory: Thirteen Pieces After Robert Lowell.”

Saturday, October 17, 3:00 PM
PBS NewsHour Jeffrey Brown will discuss his book, The News: Poems, with Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature Center at the Library.

Friday, October 30, 12:00 PM
: Poets Elizabeth Arnold and Charles Bernstein will celebrate the birthday of poet Ezra Pound by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.

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Webcasts and Podcasts

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2012 "River of Words" Awards Ceremony

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