The last couple of days have been a whirlwind in the office with the announcement of our 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Ada Limón. We’ll follow up with more on Ada, including press of the big news. First, though, we want to offer you an exclusive video of our new laureate up in the Poetry Room (otherwise known as the laureate’s office), answering questions from Chief Communications Officer Roswell Encina–and reading “The End of Poetry.”
This year’s batch of recordings includes a wonderful array of literary figures from all over Latin America, the U.S., the Iberian Peninsula, and the Caribbean, including award-winning Mexican author Elena Poniatowska; esteemed Cuban-American author, poet, and anthropologist Ruth Behar; and renowned Portuguese author Dulce María Cardoso.
The following interview with Juan Gabriel Vásquez was conducted in 2016 as part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s online Interview Series. The series featured emerging and established literary writers in dynamic and thought-provoking conversation. Though the series is no longer active, From the Catbird Seat is reprinting these interviews to bring them new light.