January 17, 2014 Library of Congress Announces 2014 Events for "The Life of a Poet" Series

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The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress announces the 2014 schedule for “The Life of a Poet,” a series of in-depth discussions. The Library partners with Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and The Washington Post to present this series and offer behind-the-scenes conversations with some of the country’s most important poets.

All events will be moderated by Ron Charles, fiction editor of The Washington Post, and will take place at 7 p.m. at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. Reservations, however, are required. For more information, visit www.hillcenterdc.org External or call (202) 549-4172.


Carl Phillips, Thursday, Feb. 6
Phillips is the author of 12 collections of poetry, including “Double Shadow,” winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Edward Hirsch, Wednesday, April 23
Hirsch is the author of eight poetry collections, in addition to the guidebook “How to Read a Poem: and Fall in Love with Poetry” and “Poet’s Choice,” which collects two years’ worth of his weekly essay-letters that ran in The Washington Post’s Book World.

Mary Szybist, Wednesday, Sept. 17
Szybist is the most recent winner of the National Book Award for Poetry for “Incarnadine.”

August Kleinzahler, Tuesday, Nov. 4
Kleinzahler is the author of 11 books of poems, including the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award winner “Sleeping it Off in Rapid City.”

The Poetry and Literature Center fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed poetry chair (the U.S. Poet Laureate), and coordinates an annual literary season of poetry, fiction and drama readings, performances, lectures and symposia. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/poetry.

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PR 14-010
ISSN 0731-3527