We’re having a busy summer here at the Poetry and Literature Center as we gear up for our 2018-2019 event season (to be announced soon!). If you’re in need of some PLC literary programming to tide you over in the meantime, look no further: Our previous event seasons are archived online as webcasts and available for you to watch anytime.
Here are our most recent events, now available as streaming video:
On February 27, writer Bushra al-Fadil read from his 2017 Caine Prize-winning short story “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away” and participated in a moderated discussion with the Library’s Marieta Harper as part of the Conversations with African Poets and Writers series. Watch the event here.
On March 4, former Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera visited the Library’s Young Readers Center and led a group of young students on a “Jabberwalking” journey through the Thomas Jefferson Building. They walked, talked, observed and wrote poetry—all at the same time. Watch the event here.
On March 15, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate finalists Patricia Frazier (recently named the 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate!), Mila Cuda, Rukmini Kalamangalam, William Lohier, and Cassidy Martin participated in a reading and moderated discussion with Michael Cirelli, executive director of Urban Word NYC. Special guest Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, delivered opening remarks. Watch the event here.
On April 19, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith celebrated the conclusion of her first term as laureate in a lecture and subsequent conversation with The Washington Post‘s Ron Charles. Watch the event here.