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Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

Charles WrightLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Charles Wright to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will follow Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms in the position, and give an opening reading at the Library on September 25th.

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Honoree Fanonne JeffersHonoree Fanonne Jeffers2015 Witter Bynner Fellows

The 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Charles Wright, has selected poets Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers for the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowships. Learn more

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers2014 Bobbitt Prize Winner, Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith wins 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry with her poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah.
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Poetry of America

Image of Walt WhitmanThis 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'sHispanic 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

Wally LambAs 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.

“Coming to Terms with the Family You Were Given and Finding the Family You Need”: An Interview with Wally Lamb

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Upcoming Events

APRIL 6, 6:30 PM
Bobbitt Prize Reading. Winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Patricia Smith, will read selections from her poetry.
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APRIL 11, 4:30 PM
AWP Conference Reading (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Linda Hogan, Eric Pankey, and Mary Szybist will read from their poetry.
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APRIL 17, 12:00 PM
Conversations with African Poets and Writers with Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor.
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APRIL 30, 7:00 PM
Charles Wright and 15th Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic will participate in a moderated discussion with Poetry magazine editor Don Share.
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May 4, 4:00 PM
Asian American Literature Today: AALR A Lettres Fellowship Reading with Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh, R.A. Villanueva, and Ocean Vuong.
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MAY 6, 6:30 PM
Literature in Conversation.
Author and performance artist Tim Z. Hernández will read and discuss his poetry and fiction with Letras Latinas Director Francisco Aragón.
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MAY 13, 7:00 PM
The Life of a Poet.
Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World.
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Webcasts and Podcasts

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A Celebration of American Poets Laureate

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