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Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Tracy K. Smith (photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)Tracy K. Smith was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to serve as the 22nd Poet Laureate on June 14, 2017. Smith is the author of three books of poetry, including Life on Mars (2011), winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith will take up her duties in September 2017, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium.
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Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Denis JohnsonDenis Johnson was posthumously awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on July 11, 2017. Johnson is the author of nine novels—including Tree of Smoke (2007), winner of the 2008 National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—as well as numerous plays, poetry collections, a short story collection, and a novella. Cindy Johnson, the widow of Denis Johnson, will accept the prize during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
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From the Catbird Seat – Poetry and Literature Center Blog

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Upcoming Events

AUGUST 31, 4:00 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew will appoint the sixth class of National Student Poets.
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SEPTEMBER 13, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING
. Tracy K. Smith will give her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will be joined by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.
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SEPTEMBER 28, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS
. South African writer Antjie Krog will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page.
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