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, Charles Wright
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington appointed Charles Wright to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He followed Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms in the position. Wright concluded his term on April 30 with in a program with 15th Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic and Poetry magazine editor Don Share.
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Past Poets Laureate
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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
Patricia Smith wins 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry with her poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah.
Poetry of America
This 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.
Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers
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.
Conversations with African Poets and Writers
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.
JUNE 3, 6:30 PM
Pacific Islander poets Brandy Nālani McDougall, Craig Santos Perez, and Lyz Soto will read from their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis.
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JUNE 18, 1:00 PM
LGBT Literary Celebration. The second annual celebration of LGBT literature, featuring LGBT publishers includes a lecture by Stathis Orphanos of Sylvester & Orphanos and a panel discussion on LGBT literary publishing.
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