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Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Joy HarjoJoy Harjo was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to serve as the 23rd Poet Laureate on June 19, 2019, and was reappointed to a second term on April 30, 2020. Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position—she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation—and is the author of nine books of poetry, including An American Sunrise (2019) Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), and In Mad Love and War (1990). Harjo took up her duties in September 2019, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading and performance of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.
More About Joy Harjo  |  Past Poets Laureate

Bobbitt Prize Application Period Now Open

The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the $10,000 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. Applications must be submitted electronically by July 15, 2020.

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Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Colson WhiteheadColson Whitehead was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction on July 13, 2020, and will accept the award at the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 25-27. He is the author of seven novels, including The Intuitionist (1999), John Henry Days (2001), The Underground Railroad (2016), and The Nickel Boys (2019), as well as two books of nonfiction: The Colossus of New York (2003) and The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014). Photo credit: Chris Close.
More About Colson Whitehead  |  Past Winners

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NOTICE: The Library of Congress is closed to the public until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. All Library-sponsored public programs are now postponed or cancelled through September 1. For more information see:

Thursday, June 25, 7:00pm
POETRY ANCESTORS: HOW INVENTION MEETS INFLUENCE. American Book Award winner Kimiko Hahn and award-winning poet Rajiv Mohabir talk about invention and influence across borders, and how poetry serves as a model for our moment, with Washington Post Book World critic Ron Charles. Online on Facebook and YouTube.
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Thursday, July 9, 7:00pm
RACE IN AMERICA. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will talk with her U.S. Poets Laureate appointees, Tracy K. Smith and Joy Harjo, about poetry in times of crisis as well as its enduring power to promote social justice.Online on Facebook and YouTube.
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Thursday, July 16, 7:00pm
RACE IN AMERICA. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Festival veteran Colson Whitehead about the need for stories from our past to help us contend with the present—especially at moments of great change. Online on Facebook and YouTube.
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