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American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities
Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature
Poetry 180
Poetry of America
The Life of a Poet
Hispanic Writers
African Poets and Writers

Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Tracy K. Smith (photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)Tracy K. Smith was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to serve as the 22nd Poet Laureate on June 14, 2017. Smith is the author of four books of poetry, including Wade in the Water (2018) and  Life on Mars (2011), winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith was reappointed for a second term on March 22, 2018.
Announcing "The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith"
More About Tracy K. Smith  |  Past Poets Laureate
American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time

Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Denis JohnsonE. Annie Proulx was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction on May 2, 2018, and accepted the award at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 1, 2018. Proulx is the author of eight books, including The Shipping News, which received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; and Postcards, winner of the PEN/Faulkner award. Her O. Henry Prizewinning story “Brokeback Mountain” was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Proulx will return to the Library of Congress in spring 2019 for a tribute event.
More about E. Annie Proulx  |  Past Winners

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MARCH 20 at 7:00 PM
CLIMATE CHANGE, NATURE, AND THE WRITER’S EYE. Science writer Peter Brannen and internationally acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh will join 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, Annie Proulx to discuss pressing issues of environmental change and a writer’s responsibilities to them. Free tickets are required.
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APRIL 4 at 6:30 PM
NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE COMMENCEMENT. The 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate will be announced. Regional Youth Poets Laureate Kara Jackson (Chicago, IL), Haviland Nona Gai Whiting (Nashville, TN), Jackson Neal (Houston, TX) Azura Tyabji (Seattle, WA) and Maren Wright-Kerr (Baltimore, MD) will participate. Event will be hosted by Mahogany L. Browne and feature Washington, D.C./Prince George's County Youth Poets Laureate.
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APRIL 8 at 5:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE. Poet Ana Luísa Amaral will share her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Talía Guzmán-González, Luso-Brazilian Specialist in the Hispanic Division.
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