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Poetry of America
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Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

Charles WrightLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Charles Wright to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will follow Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms in the position, and give an opening reading at the Library on September 25th.

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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. New writers added!

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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

Karen An-hwei LeeAs 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.

“A Votive Flame”: An Interview with Karen An-hwei Lee

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Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 3, 12:00 Noon
Conversations with African Poets & Writers
. Nigerian-American writer Chinelo Okparanta will read selections from his or her work.
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FEBRUARY 17, 6:30 PM
Patricia Smith
, winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, will read selections from his or her work.
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MARCH 3, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Poetry and Literacy Symposium. Panel topics will include Poetry and Literacy in Schools and Poetry and Literacy for At-Risk Populations.
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MARCH 4, 3:00 PM
International Literature. Literary critic and translator Richard Zenith will deliver a talk titled "Fernando Pessoa: An Englishy Portuguese, Endlesly Multiple Poet."
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MARCH 12, 12:00 PM
International Literature. Danish writer Christian Jungersen will read and discuss his novel You Disappear with the Library's Taru Spiegel.
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MARCH 12, 6:30 PM
Poet Laureate Charles Wright will introduce the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellows and they will read selections from their work.
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MARCH 27, 12:00 PM
International Literature. German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck will read from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with the Library's David Morris.
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Webcasts and Podcasts

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A Celebration of American Poets Laureate

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