Poetry and Literature
“Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave your house or apartment. Go out into the world.” Ron Koertge Read poem
Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Natasha Trethewey to serve a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will follow previous multiyear laureates—such as Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins—and undertake a signature project: a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series.
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Past Poets Laureate
Trethewey launches new series, "Where Poetry Lives," on PBS NewsHour:
- Young Detroiters unlock their inner poets, claim authorship of their experiences
- Poet's Notebook: InsideOut in Detroit
- Student Poets in Detroit answer the question 'Where does poetry live?'
- Poet's Notebook: Beginning the Journey by Remembering the Past
- Poetry Project Helps Dementia Patients Live in the Moment
Read the latest blog post:
Congratulations to Mary Szybist, who has been awarded this year's National Book Award in poetry for her second book Incarnadine: Poems. Szybist was chosen in 2009 by Poet Laureate Kay Ryan as a co-recipient of the 12th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship.
Watch a webcast of Szybist's 2009 fellowship reading
Poetry of America
This new series 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.
As 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.
Author Cynthia Levinson on "The 1963 Birmingham Children's March"
December 3, 12:00 noon
Kenyan-American writer Mukoma Wa Ngugi will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.
December 5, 3:00 p.m.
Dorothea Lasky, the inaugural Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry, will give a talk titled, "The Beast: How Poetry Makes Us Human."
December 7, 7:00 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash premieres her newest album, The River and the Thread, with a conversation with the Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.