Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News at Eleven: On Thursday night, [Natasha] Trethewey addressed

a packed crowd in the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson building. She was opening the 2012-13 literary season. So many fans came to celebrate that a group of us had to watch her on TV in an "overflow room." The audience was younger than I expected, and more diverse. I saw kids in lanyards snapping pictures on their iPhones, scruffy loners in thick glasses, girls in leggings, women in headscarves, married couples in jackets and heavy jewelry.

from Slate: The Poet Laureate's Inaugural Reading
then The Georgetowner: New Poet Laureate Writes by the Power and Pain of Memory


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