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An Evening With Poet Laureate Ada Limón

Tue, February 27, 2024
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Ada Limón

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Join the United States Poet Laureate, Ada Limón, for an evening of poetry and discussion. Limón, the 24th and current Poet Laureate of the United States, has been called "a Poet Laureate for the 21st Century," and is interested in exploring "what it looks like to have America in the room." Originally from Sonoma, California, her signature project is called You Are Here and focuses on how poetry can help connect us to the natural world. The project includes an anthology of poetry and a collaboration with the National Parks Service on poetry installations within America's most important natural spaces. The recipient of numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, she has also written a poem that will be engraved on NASA's Europa Clipper Spacecraft that will be launched to the second moon of Jupiter in October 2024.

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her most recent book of poetry, The Hurting Kind, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She is the 24th Poet Laureate of The United States and is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The book component of her signature project, You Are Here, which focuses on how poetry can help connect us to the natural world, will be released this April with Milkweed Editions.

Ms. Limón's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

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