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Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe HerreraHerrera 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

La Casa de Colores“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, 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. 

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Upcoming Events

MARCH 30 at 4 PM
US/CA Capital Poetry Exchange: Canadian poets Suzanne Buffam, Liz Howard and David O’Meara share and discuss selections of their work with Monty Reid, director of VERSeFest.
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APRIL 3 at 7 PM
Fiction, Faith, and the Imagination: Authors/scholars Geraldine Brooks, Paul Harding, Steven Knapp, and Alan Lightman join 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, Marilynne Robinson in a panel discussion..
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APRIL 4 at 7 PM
The Life of a Poet: Dana Levin will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World.
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APRIL 12 at 12 PM
Conversations With African Poets and Writers: South African author and 2016 Caine Prize winner Lidudumalingani Mqombothi will read from his prize-winning short story “Memories We Lost.”
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