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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

NOTICE: Out of an abundance of caution, the Library of Congress is closed to the public from 5 p.m. on March 12 until 8:30 a.m. on April 1, 2020, to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. All Library-sponsored public programs are now postponed or cancelled through May 11. For more information see:
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Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm - This event has been CANCELLED.
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Author Jeffrey Rosen will discuss his new book, Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law, with Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor at Slate. Free tickets required.
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Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm - This event has been CANCELLED.
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: In an event titled “A Good Story Knows No Borders,” Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Richard Ford will give a talk about the universality of fiction as well as participate in a discussion with his German translator, Frank Heibert. Free tickets required.
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Tuesday, April 21, 7:00pm - This event has been CANCELLED.
LIFE OF A POET: Poet Kimiko Hahn will discuss her work with Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post.
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Thursday, April 30, 7:00pm - This event has been CANCELLED.
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Joy Harjo will participate in her closing event as the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, which will include a moderated discussion and special musical performance. Free tickets required.
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