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Library of Congress' free discussions with major U.S. poets began Feb. 6

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The Library of Congress' Poetry and Literature Center on Feb. 6 began ts popular "The Life of a Poet" free series of in-depth discussions with major American poets.

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And the poets are: Carl Phillips, Thursday, Feb. 6; Edward Hirsch, Wednesday, April 23; Mary Szybist, Wednesday, Sept. 17; August Kleinzahler, Tuesday, Nov. 4 (see details below).

The series is a partnership among the Library, "The Washington Post", and the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, locale of all the 7 P.M. conversations, moderated by the Post's fiction editor Ron Charles.

Phillips is the author of 12 collections of poetry, including "Double Shadow", winner of the 2011 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry.

Hirsch is the author of eight poetry collections, in addition to the guidebook "How to Read a Poem: and Fall in Love with Poetry" and "Poet’s Choice", two years' worth of his weekly essay-letters that ran in "The Washington Post". In "How to..." Hirsch writes, "The Immense Intimacy, the Intimate Immensity: The experience of reading poetry and the kind of knowledge it provides cannot be duplicated elsewhere."

Szybist is the most recent winner of the National Book Award for Poetry for "Incarnadine". It was named also a "Publishers Weekly" Top Five Poetry Book of 2013, and Amazon's Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013.

Kleinzahler is the author of 11 books of poems, including the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award winner "Sleeping it Off in Rapid City", the first retrospective of Kleinzahler's career.

These discussions are free, but reservations are required.

For more info: "The Life of a Poet" series, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free but reservations are required, 202-549-4172. Library of Congress' Poetry and Literature Center, www.loc.gov/poetry, administers the endowed poetry chair (U.S. Poet Laureate), and coordinates the annual literary season of poetry, fiction and drama readings, performances, and other events.

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