Poetry and Literature
“I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide...” Billy Collins Read poem
Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera
Herrera was renewed by Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate. He took up his duties on September 1st, 2016, and launched his Poet Laureate online project, “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon,” the following month. Herrera’s other second-term projects include the “Laureate Lab—Visual Wordist Studio” in Fresno, CA, and a program with high school teachers, “Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream,” in Chicago, IL.
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The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon
“The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” is a bilingual, illustrated poem created by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and artist Juana Medina. This poem, presented online at Read.gov, will feature contributions by second and third grade students and their elementary school librarians from across the country. We invite you to participate and help tell Catalina Neon’s story.
2016 Bobbitt Prize Co-Winners to Read on April 20
Recipients of the 2016 Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry― Nathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement and Claudia Rankine for her book Citizen ―will read selections of their work on April 20, 6:30 pm. Learn more
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APRIL 20 at 6:30 PM
BOBBITT PRIZE READING: The co-winners of the 14th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry ― Nathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement and Claudia Rankine for her book Citizen ― read selections of their work.
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APRIL 26 at 12 PM and 7-10 PM
POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENTS: A host of acclaimed scholars, musicians, and community organizers join Juan Felipe Herrera to close his second term as U.S. Poet Laureate.
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