Poet, musician, and author Joy Harjo, the first Native American United States Poet Laureate, will deliver her inaugural reading as 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on Thursday, September 19.
The event will take place as part of the National Book Festival Presents series that features high-profile authors and their books from September 11 through November 13, following the daylong Library of Congress National Book Festival on August 31.
The Thomas Jefferson Building at D.C.’s Library of Congress will be hosting the event at the Coolidge Auditorium, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Harjo’s reading will be including parts from her new book of poetry, An American Sunrise. She will then be joined by Robert Muller and Howard Cloud in a special musical performance, which will be followed by book sales and signing.
Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate, discusses her new book and the state of poetry https://t.co/slloZu3ndO
— TIME (@TIME) September 7, 2019
If you miss the chance of attending the event in person, you can go to the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/loc for watching it live.
With the National Book Festival Presents series, the festival aims to expand into a yearlong event. The first one in the series was scheduled for September 11, with actor Neil Patrick Harris promoting his new book The Magic Misfits, which he wrote for middle school children.
All the National Book Festival Presents author events are free to enter, however, you need to register ahead of the date. For further details on the scheduled events, you can visit loc.gov.