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.
More About Natasha Trethewey
Past Poets Laureate
Trethewey launches new series, "Where Poetry Lives," on PBS NewsHour:
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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.
“Of Perspective and Perception”: An Interview with Paisley Rekdal
September 30, 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
District of Literature Festival. A day-long celebration reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future.
October 1, 7:00 pm
Hill Center Series. Memoirist, playwright, and poet Nick Flynn will discuss his work with Ron Charles, the fiction editor of the Washington Post.
October 9, 3:00 pm
International Literature. Poet José Antonio Mazzotti will read from his poetry and discuss the current state of contemporary Latin American literature.