Ada Limón will spend another year making known the importance of poetry in the U.S.
The Mexican-American author is the first 'Poet Laureate' to be appointed for a second year. She is recognized for bringing poetry to more Americans.
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The historic announcement made by Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, stands out for being the first time that a laureate has served a term with characteristics other than the traditional one-year option.
During her first term, Ada Limón has done so much to broaden and promote poetry to reach new audiences. She also laid the groundwork for multiple laureate outreach efforts to come, many with federal agencies.
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In addition to promoting poetry in the United States, Limón, who grew up in Sonoma, California, has been noted for several of her initiatives, including working with NASA and the National Park Service.
“A two-year second term gives the laureate and the Library the opportunity to realize these efforts and showcase how poems connect to, and make sense of, the world around us,” added Hayden.
Limón, who became the nation's 24th poet laureate last September, the first of Latino and Mexican American descent, will present a poem on June 1st that will be recorded on a NASA spacecraft that will travel 1.8 billion miles to explore Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, part of the Europa Clipper mission.
For its part, the Library noted that in August Limón will appear at the National Book Festival, and after she begins her second term, in September, she will begin a partnership with the National Park Service and the Poetry Society of America to present poems in prominent national parks to expose more people to poetry.
It’s such an incredible joy working with @LibnOfCongress (Dr. Carla Hayden). She is power and grace combined. So honored to be serving as US Poet Laureate until the spring of 2025! https://t.co/1Df4Ampt5t— Ada Limón (@adalimon) April 24, 2023
“I am beyond honored to serve for another two years as the Poet Laureate of the United States. Everywhere I have traveled during my first term, both nationally and internationally, I've been reminded that poetry brings people together. I am looking forward to continuing the important work of celebrating what poetry can do,” pointed out Limón.
Limón is the author of 6 books of poetry, including “The Carrying,” published in 2018 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and 2015’s “Bright Dead Things,” which was a National Book Award finalist.
Her latest book, "The Hurting Kind," was published last May as part of a three-book deal with Milkweed Editions.
“Poetry was a way to ‘reclaim our humanity,’ a way to help repair our relationship with the planet,” Limón told NBC News last year.