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Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe HerreraLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera to serve as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will follow Charles Wright and give an opening reading at the Library on September 15th.
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Honoree Fanonne JeffersHonoree Fanonne Jeffers2015 Witter Bynner Fellows

The 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Charles Wright, has selected poets Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers for the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowships. Learn more

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers2014 Bobbitt Prize Winner, Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith wins 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry with her poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah.
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Poetry of America

Image of Walt WhitmanThis series was launched is part of the Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Through two features, “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History,” leaders in the literary field explore how poetry connects to the following themes: immigration and migration, work and industry, social change, and peace and war.

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Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers

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This series features emerging and established American poets and prose writers of Hispanic descent who write predominantly in English. In each segment the featured poet or writer participates in a moderated discussion with a member of the Library'sHispanic Division and reads from his or her work.

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Conversations with African Poets and Writers

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Launched in the fall of 2011 with Ali Mazrui, who gave a talk on the state of contemporary African literature, this series (presented here as webcasts of past programs) has followed with readings/discussions with emerging and established novelists, poets, and short story writers from around the Continent.

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Interview Series

Heather ChristleAs part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s 75th Anniversary, this new series features emerging and established literary writers in a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation.

“Why Pretend That We Speak a False Language?”: An Interview with Dawn Lundy Martin

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 10, Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: As part of the ongoing series, poet Srikanth Reddy will give a lecture on poetry.

Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM
: 21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with his inaugural reading.

Monday, September 21, 4:00 PM
Poet/essayist, Jee Leong Koh, playwright/translator, Jeremy Tiang, and writer/editor, Frank Stewart, will read from a series of contemporary literature from Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM
: An event to honor the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, who passed away in February. This event takes place in New York City.

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Webcasts and Podcasts

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Featured Webcast:
Poetry and the Stars

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