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Poetry For The People: Joy Harjo, Juan Felipe Herrera, And Tracy K. Smith

Each U.S. Poet Laureate brings a unique voice to their role as "official poet" of the United States. The three most recent laureates contribute a particularly rich range of voices, infused with distinctive cultural and life visions.

Joy Harjo's Inaugural Reading as U.S. Poet Laureate - Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet to serve as U.S. poet laureate, is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation.
Tracy K. Smith's Inaugural Reading as U.S. Poet Laureate - Tracy K. Smith, the fifth African-American to serve as Poet Laureate, has taken poetry on the road around the nation, focusing primarily on rural areas where most writers are unlikely to visit.
Juan Felipe Herrera's Inaugural Reading as U.S. Poet Laureate - Juan Felipe Herrera was the first Mexican-American to serve as Poet Laureate, and his experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work.
Poets Laureate - The homepage of the Poet Laureate, which is a position within the Library of Congress. Use the various links to learn about the history and role of the U.S. Poet Laureate position, review a list of all the poets who have served, and learn about the current Poet Laureate.

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