Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Ada Limón as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2022-2023.

Limón will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 29 with a reading of her work.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

“Ada Limón is a poet who connects,”
“Her accessible, engaging poems ground us in where we are and who we share our world with. They speak of intimate truths, of the beauty and heartbreak that is living, in ways that help us move forward.”

KEY FACTS

  • Ada Limón will be the nation’s 24th U.S. Poet Laureate.
  • Limón will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 29 with a reading of her work

Past Poet Laureates

Joy Harjo, served three terms in the position (2019-2022),

Juan Felipe Herrera

Charles Wright

Natasha Trethewey

Philip Levine

W.S. Merwin

Kay Ryan

Charles Simic

Donald Hall

Ted Kooser

Louise Glück

Billy Collins

Stanley Kunitz

Robert Pinsky

Robert Hass

Rita Dove

Ada Limón

"What an incredible honor to be named the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States. Again and again, I have been witness to poetry's immense power to reconnect us to the world, to allow us to heal, to love, to grieve, to remind us of the full spectrum of human emotion,”
“This recognition belongs to the teachers, poets, librarians and ancestors from all over the world that have been lifting up poetry for years. I am humbled by this opportunity to work in the service of poetry and to amplify poetry's ability to restore our humanity and our relationship to the world around us."

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The End of Poetry, by Ada Limón
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About Ada

Ada Limón was born in Sonoma, California, in 1976 and is of Mexican ancestry. She is the author of six poetry collections, including “The Carrying” (Milkweed Editions, 2018), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; “Bright Dead Things” (2015), a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award; “Sharks in the Rivers” (2010); “Lucky Wreck” (Autumn House, 2006); and “This Big Fake World” (Pearl Editions, 2006). She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.


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