August 15, 2022

Getting to Know Ada Limón, U.S. Poet Laureate

Ada Limón  (Photo by Lucas Marquardt)

Our new Poet Laureate of the United States is Ada Limón. 

Sample her poetry with two of her poems:
"Late Summer after a Panic Attack" 
"Triumph Like a Girl" 

In the PBS video segment below, she talks about the path to that position - and also about groundhogs, Kentucky bluegrass, pokeweed, and, of course, poetry


She is the author of six poetry collectionsThe Hurting Kind (2022, Milkweed Editions); The Carrying (2018, Milkweed Editions), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; Bright Dead Things (2015, Milkweed Editions), a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Books Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Sharks in the Rivers (2010, Milkweed Editions); Lucky Wreck (2005, Autumn House Press, reissued 2021); and This Big Fake World (2005, Pearl Editions).

She is also the host of the excellent poetry podcast The Slowdown.

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