March 2, 2011 Poets C. D. Wright and David Wagoner to Read, March 23

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Poetry and Literature Center (202) 707-5394

Two distinguished poets, C. D. Wright and David Wagoner, will read from their work in an evening presentation at the Library of Congress.

The poets will start the program at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

Wright, who is a professor of creative writing at Brown University, has written more than a dozen books of poetry and prose. Her newest work, “One with Others,” which is a blend of poetry and investigative journalism, will be released on April 1, 2011. Recent books include “Rising, Falling, Hovering” (2008) and “Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems” (2007).

Wright, who was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, has been described as a radically restless and socially conscious writer. Among her honors are a Macarthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Robert Creeley Award and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Wagoner is the author of numerous poetry collections, including “Good Morning and Good Night” (2005); “The House of Song” (2002); and “Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems” (1999). Wagoner is also the author of 10 novels, including “The Escape Artist” (1965), which was adapted into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola.

Wagoner has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and many more honors. A former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Wagoner was the editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002. He lives in Bothell, Wash.

The Library’s Poetry and Literature Center administers both the noon and the evening poetry series and is the home of the U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The current poet laureate is W. S. Merwin.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 147 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at


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