There’s a whiff of spring in the air here in D.C., and we at the Poetry and Literature Center are excited to keep up that seasonal momentum with some celebratory March events. We hope you’ll join us!
This Thursday, March 14, Kenyan author and 2018 Caine Prize winner Makena Onjerika will read from her prize-winning short story “Fanta Blackcurrant” and participate in a moderated discussion with Eve Ferguson, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. The event starts at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for entry.
Next Wednesday, March 20, we’ll celebrate 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Annie Proulx in a program titled “Climate Change, Nature, and the Writer’s Eye.” Science writer Peter Brannen and acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh will join Annie Proulx in a conversation about pressing issues of environmental change and a writer’s responsibilities to them. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and is free and open to the public. Tickets (via Eventbrite) are required for entry. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the livestreamed event on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site.
Keep up with the Poetry and Literature Center by visiting our website, signing up for our e-mail alerts, and subscribing to our blog. April event announcements are coming soon, including Tracy K. Smith’s closing celebration as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.