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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. 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 eight books of poetry, including Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), and In Mad Love and War (1990). Her next book of poems, An American Sunrise, will be published in 2019. Harjo will take up her duties in fall 2019, opening the Library’s annual literary season on September 19th with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.
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Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Richard FordRichard Ford was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction on May 16, 2019, and will accept the award at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival on August 31, 2019. Ford’s seven novels include The Sportswriter, the first of the Bascombe Trilogy, and Canada, winner of the Prix Femina étranger. He has also published three short story collections, as well as the New York Times bestselling novella collection Let Me Be Frank with You and a memoir, Between Them: Remembering My Parents.
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Wednesday, September 11, 7:00pm
. Poet Carmen Giménez Smith will discuss her work with Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post. Reservations required.
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Thursday, September 19, 10am-5pm
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING. Joy Harjo will give her inaugural reading as 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will be joined by Robert Muller and Howard Cloud in a special musical performance. Free tickets required.
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