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Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe HerreraRenewed by Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate at his Wednesday, April 13th closing lecture, Herrera took up his duties on Tuesday, September 15th—the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month—with a reading of his work at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Herrera launched his Poet Laureate Project—La Casa de Colores—on September 15, 2015 (see details below).
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La Casa de ColoresLa Casa de Colores

La Casa de Colores, or “the House of Colors,” is a house for all voices and this year's project of Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. La Casa de Colores includes two features: La Familia, an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem, with new themes announced each month, and El Jardín, monthly updates of our Laureate’s experiences with the wealth of materials at the Library of Congress.

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From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature Blog

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Poetry of America

PoetryThis series was launched is part of the Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Through two features, “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History,” leaders in the literary field explore how poetry connects to the following themes: immigration and migration, work and industry, social change, and peace and war.

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Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers

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This series features emerging and established American poets and prose writers of Hispanic descent who write predominantly in English. In each segment the featured poet or writer participates in a moderated discussion with a member of the Library's Hispanic Division and reads from his or her work.

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Conversations with African Poets and Writers

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Launched in the fall of 2011 with Ali Mazrui, who gave a talk on the state of contemporary African literature, this series (presented here as webcasts of past programs) has followed with readings/discussions with emerging and established novelists, poets, and short story writers from around the Continent.

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Interview Series

Dorothea LaskyAs part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s 75th Anniversary, this new series features emerging and established literary writers in a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation

“The Notion of Life and Art as Constant Performance”: An Interview with Dorothea Lasky

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Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 29 at 7:00 PM
The Life of a Poet: Terrance Hayes will discuss his work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World.
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OCTOBER 12 at 6:30 PM
Asian American Literature Today: Poets Janine Joseph and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read and discuss their work with Kundiman Advisory Board Co-Chair Jennifer Chang.
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OCTOBER 18 at 4:00 PM
Poetry, Publishing, and Race: Rob Casper will lead a discussion with poets/editors, Cathy Park Hong, Don Share, Evie Shockley, Carmen Giménez Smith on the ways poetry helps us navigate race in contemporary American culture.
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OCTOBER 20 at 6:30 PM
Law and Literature:  Lawyer and poet Monica Youn reads from her new book, Blackacre, and participates in a discussion with Martha Dragich.
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Webcasts and Podcasts

Poet Laureate Closing Event

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Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Closes His First Term, April 2015

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