2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival: Poetry & Prose Stage

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00

The National Endowment for the Arts will sponsor the Poetry & Prose stage at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Washington, DC. The Poetry & Prose stage provides an opportunity for visitors to hear from some of our country’s finest writers and poets, most of whom are recipients of NEA Literature Fellowships. Follow @NEAarts and #NatBookFest on September 24 for updates from the Poetry & Prose stage.

The 2016 Poetry & Prose stage (room 145 A/B) will include a conversation with Joy Harjo (Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings) and A. B. Spellman (Things I Must Have Known); an interview with the writer and illustrator of A Wild Swan and Other Tales Michael Cunningham and Yuko Shimizu (who is also the artist of the 2016 National Book Festival poster); and presentations by Sandra Beasley (Count the Waves), Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Marilyn Hacker (A Stranger’s Mirror), Kelly Link (Get In Trouble: Stories), Ron Rash (Above the Waterfall), and Luis A. Urrea (The Water Museum: Stories).
In addition, the day will begin with poetry recitations by 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Ahkei Togun of Virginia, second place finalist Marta Palombo of Georgia, and Neely Seams, West Virginia State Champion. A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.