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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, and was reappointed to a second term on April 30, 2020. 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 summer/fall 2020 for a moderated discussion in the Coolidge Auditorium.
More About Richard Ford | Past Winners

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NOTICE: Out of an abundance of caution, the Library of Congress is closed to the public until further notice, to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. All Library-sponsored public programs are now postponed or cancelled through July 1. For more information see:

Thursday, June 4, 7:00pm
A GOOD STORY KNOWS NO BORDERS. 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Richard Ford, in conversation with the Library of Congress' Marie Arana. Online on Facebook and YouTube.
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Friday, June 5, 7:00pm
CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AT TIMES OF SOCIAL UNREST. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lonnie Bunch will discuss the future of their institutions and how they remain accessible and relevant during a period of global pandemic coupled with nationwide protests against injustice. Online on Facebook and YouTube.
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Thursday, June 11, 4:00pm
LIFE OF A POET. Award-winning poet Marilyn Chin, who was featured in the Library’s “Life of a Poet” series in 2018, will participate in a webinar conversation with educators. Online on Zoom; Registration required.
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Thursday, June 11, 7:00pm
HA JIN ON THE LEGENDARY POET LI BAI. National Book Award winner Ha Jin will discuss his new book, “The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai,” in which he draws on a range of historical and literary sources to weave the life story of the eighth-century Chinese poet Li Bai. Online on Facebook and YouTube.
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