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August 11, 1997

Poet Laureate To Open Fall Literary Season

Robert Pinsky, Poet laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, will open the Library's season of literary events with a reading from his work on Thursday, October 9, at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional readings in the series are scheduled as follows. All begin at 6:45 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 7:45 p.m.

October 15 W.S. Merwin, Montpelier Room
October 23 Peter Sacks and Suzanne Qualls, Mumford Room
November 13 David Gewanter and Myra Sklarew, Montpelier Room
November 20 Philip Levine and Mark Turpin, Mumford Room
December 4 Heather McHugh and Ellen Bryant Voigt, Montpelier Room
December 11 Carl Phillips and C.D. Wright, Montpelier Room

The poetry and literature reading series at the Library of Congress is the oldest in the Washington area, and one of the oldest in the United States. This annual series of public poetry and fiction readings, lectures, symposia, and occasional dramatic performances began in the 1940s and has been almost exclusively supported since 1951 by a gift from the late Gertrude Clarke Whittall, who wanted to bring the enjoyment and appreciation of good literature to a larger audience. The Poetry and Literature Center, which administers the series, is also the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when the late philanthropist Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library of Congress. Since then, many of the nation's most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 in 1985, as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the literary series, plans other special literary events during the reading season, and usually introduces the programs.

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PR 97-130
8/11/97
ISSN 0731-3527

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