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The 20th Library of Congress National Book Festival once again features the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators discussing their work.

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    Kate DiCamillo Kate DiCamillo, 2014-15 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Photo credit: Shawn Miller, Library of Congress. Kate DiCamillo, 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, was the fourth writer to hold this position. During her two-year term, DiCamillo traveled across America to promote her platform, “Stories Connect Us,” which engaged towns, schools, hospitals, community centers—anywhere people can […]
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    Mark Doty Mark Doty was born in Maryville, Tennessee in 1953. He is the author of eight poetry collections, including My Alexandria (1993), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and Britain’s T. S Eliot Award; Atlantis (1995), winner of the Ambassador Book Award, the Bingham Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award; and Fire to Fire: […]
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    Rita Dove Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1952. She is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Collected Poems 1974-2004 (2016). Since 1989, Dove has taught at the University of Virginia, where she is currently the Commonwealth Professor of English.
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    John Grisham Grisham was born in 1955 in Jonesboro, Ark. After giving up his dream of becoming a professional baseball player, Grisham focused his energies on obtaining a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1981. While practicing law at a small practice in Southaven, Miss., Grisham […]

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    Joy Harjo Native American poet Joy Harjo serves as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The first Native American poet to serve in the position, Harjo is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 9, 1951, and is the author of nine books of poetry.
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    Juan Felipe Herrera Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. He is the author of 30 books of poetry, novels for young adults, and collections for children. Herrera held the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught until retiring in 2015.
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    Juan Felipe Herrera Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. He is the author of 30 books of poetry, novels for young adults, and collections for children. Herrera held the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught until retiring in 2015.

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    Robert Pinsky Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1940. He is the author of nine poetry collections. In addition to editing five anthologies, Pinsky has published several books of prose. Pinsky has taught writing at Wellesley College, the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a professor in the graduate writing program at Boston University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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