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September 16, 2002

Fall Literary Programs at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress announces the following readings in the Fall 2002 Literary Series. All programs are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, October 9
Billy Collins reading.
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 17
Carol Muske and Greg Delanty reading.
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 24
Lucille Clifton and another poet reading.
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday November 7
Mary Jo Bang and Daniel Mark Epstein reading.
Mumford Room, Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 14
Kim Barnes and Robert Wrigley reading.
Mumford Room, Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, December 5
Winner of the 2002 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National
Prize for Poetry. Mumford Room, Madison Building, 8 p.m.

The poetry and literature reading series at the Library of Congress is the oldest in the Washington area and among 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 appreciation of good literature to a larger audience.

The Poetry and Literature Center administers the series and is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when the late 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 (Dec. 20, 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. The current poet laureate is Billy Collins.

Tickets are not required for any of these events. Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707-6362 (both TTY and voice) to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations please contact the Disability Employment Program office, TTY (202) 707-9948; telephone (202) 707-7544.

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PR 02-130
09/16/02
ISSN 0731-3527

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