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The Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress

Schedule of Events -- Fall 2004

This schedule is updated on a regular basis and subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest program information or call 707-5394. "Poetry at Noon" events are sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Programs. These readings are based on selected themes. Guest poets present not only their own work, but also poems by other writers, whether classic or contemporary. For Poetry at Noon information only: 202-707-1308

Tickets are not required for any of these events. Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations please contact the Disability Employment Program office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

September 2004

Image of Rita Dove30  Reading: Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and 1993-1995 Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress, will read from her new collection of poetry, “American Smooth,” at 6:45 p.m. Thursday Sept. 30, in the sixth floor Montpelier Room of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington D.C. A book signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. This program is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund.

October 2004

Image of Ted Kooser7  Reading: Newly appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, Ted Kooser, will open the Library’s annual literary series on Oct. 7 with a reading of his work -- 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room (James Madison Building). Kooser will also be a featured speaker at the Library of Congress National Book Festival poetry pavilion on Saturday, October 9, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

9  National Book Festival: Visit the Poetry Pavilion at the fourth National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush -- rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the National Mall. Some 75 authors will be reading from their works, discussing their writing habits and autographing their books all day. For more information, go online at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. Contact: (888) 714-4696.

21   Reading: Poetry in Arabic and English read by Irfan Shahid, Hussein Kadhim, Ikram Masmoudi and Clarissa Burt at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, in a program sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center.

27   Poetry at Noon: "Poems for Children" -- Featured readings by Mary Quattlebaum, author of 12 children’s books, including Underground Train about the Washington Metro; Sheree Fitch, author of 17 books, including There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, and Laura Krauss Melmed, author of 12 children’s books, most recently: Capital! Washington, D.C., from A to Z.

November 2004

19  Poetry at Noon: "Things My Parents Told Me" -- Featured poets are Judith Harris of Washington, DC, author of Atonement: Poems; Christina Wos Donnelly of Buffalo, NY, editor of the online magazine, "Not Just Air"; and Abby Wilkerson of Riverdale, MD, author of Refusing Diagnosis. 12:00 Noon in the Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE.

December 2004
7   Poetry at Noon: "Maryland Poets" -- John Carter of Takoma Park, Gary Stein of Silver Spring, and several other poets will read. 12:00 Noon in the Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE.