Poetry Events

Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: ANTJIE KROG on 9/28

Thursday, September 28, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: ANTJIE KROG

South African writer Antjie Krog will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and Howard University.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM on 8/31

Thursday, August 31, 4:00 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew will appoint the sixth class of National Student Poets, five outstanding youth poets from across the United States, for their original work. Program to include a plaque ceremony and poetry reading. Public reception to follow. Free tickets required. 

Presented in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube (with captions).

Please click here for more information.

Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM on 8/31

Thursday, August 31, 4:00 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew will appoint the sixth class of National Student Poets, five outstanding youth poets from across the United States, for their original work. Program to include a plaque ceremony and poetry reading. Public reception to follow. Free tickets required. 

Presented in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube (with captions).

Please click here for more information.

Poetry & Literature: News & Events: ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Two events concluding a city-wide, three-day festival celebrating Asian American literature.

  • 11:00 AM: American Book Award winner Karen Tei Yamashita gives a lecture, “Literature as Community: The Turtle, Imagination, and the Journey Home,” followed by a fiction reading featuring Kundiman fellows Vt Hung, Mark Keats and Sejal Shah. Book sales and signing to follow.
  • 2:00 PM: Poetry Society of America President Kimiko Hahn gives a lecture, “Angel Island: The Roots and Branches of Asian American Poetry,” followed by a poetry reading featuring July Poetry magazine contributors Kazim Ali, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Paisley Rekdal, Gerald Maa, Sally Wen Mao, Rajiv Mohabir, Khaty Xiong and John Yau. Book sales and signing to follow.

Free tickets required. Full festival schedule available here. Presented in partnership with Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Location: Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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