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Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Joy HarjoJoy Harjo was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to serve as the 23rd Poet Laureate on June 19, 2019. Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position—she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation—and is the author of nine books of poetry, including An American Sunrise (2019) Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), and In Mad Love and War (1990). Harjo took up her duties in September 2019, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading and performance of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.
More About Joy Harjo  |  Past Poets Laureate

Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Richard FordRichard Ford was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction on May 16, 2019, and accepted the award at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival on August 31, 2019. Ford’s seven novels include The Sportswriter, the first of the Bascombe Trilogy, and Canada, winner of the Prix Femina étranger. He has also published three short story collections, as well as the New York Times bestselling novella collection Let Me Be Frank with You and a memoir, Between Them: Remembering My Parents. Ford will return to the Library of Congress in spring 2020 for a moderated discussion in the Coolidge Auditorium.
More About Richard Ford  |  Past Winners

From the Catbird Seat – Poetry and Literature Center Blog

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Wednesday, November 6, 1:00pm
OCCUPATIONAL POETRY ROUNDTABLE: Occupational poets Jerry Brooks (miner), Meezie Hermansen (fisher), Bill Jones (veteran) and Vess Quinlan (cowboy) will read and discuss their work.
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Wednesday, November 6, 7:00pm
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Religion scholar Karen Armstrong will discuss her new book, The Lost Art of Scripture. Free tickets required.
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Friday, November 8, 6:00pm
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Writer Brad Meltzer and illustrator Chris Eliopoulos will discuss the launch of their new PBS KIDS series, “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.” Free tickets required.
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Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Author André Aciman will discuss his new novel, Find Me, the sequel to his bestselling novel Call Me By Your Name. Free tickets required.
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Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm
LIFE OF A POET: Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts will discuss his work with Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post. Free tickets required.
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Saturday, November 23, 7:00pm
23rd U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will discuss her work with Rob Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center. Tickets required.
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