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Program & Schedule

A detailed schedule will be posted soon. In the meantime, below is a general outline of the festival schedule. Stay tuned as updates and slight changes may occur. You may also visit the Program and Schedule page for the 2014 festival to get a sense of how each day may flow. Visit the Workshops & Readings page and the Panel & Roundtable Discussions page to review this year's sessions. The Featured Poets page provides information on the fabulous line up of poets. If you have questions, email us at or give us a call at 202-787-5210.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

7pm - Library of Congress Kick-Off Event with Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States. 21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will celebrate the conclusion of his term of his laureateship. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division. Learn more about this event on the Library of Congress website.

Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building of Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

9:30am - 5:30pm  On-site Registration

11:30am - 1pm Session 1

2-3:30pm Session 2

4-5:30pm Session 3

7-8:30pm Featured Poet Reading & Book Signing (Books will be available for sale)
Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Craig Santos Perez

9:30-11 pm Open Mic at Busboys & Poets, Brookland

Friday, April 15, 2016

9:30am - 5:30pm  On-site Registration

10 - 11am Public Action

11:30 - 1pm Session 1

2 - 3:30pm Session 2

4 - 5:30pm Session 3

7:30 - 9pm Featured Poet Reading & Book Signing (Books will be available for sale)
Jennifer Bartlett, Jan Beatty, Regie Cabico

10pm - 12am Open Mic at Busboys & Poets, 5th &K

Saturday, April 16, 2016

8:30am - 4pm On-site Registration

10am - 3:30pm  Social Justice Book Fair

9:30 - 11am Session 1

11:30am - 1pm Session 2

2 - 3:30pm Session 3

4:30 - 6pm Featured Poet Reading & Book Signing (Books will be available for sale)
Dominique Christina, Martha Collins, Dawn Lundy Martin

8 - 9:30pm Featured Poet Reading & Book Signing (Books will be available for sale)
Reginald Dwayne Betts, Nikky Finney, Ocean Vuong

11pm - 1am Party at Busboys, 14th & V - co-hosted by Dark Noise Collective & Busboys & Poets

Sunday, April 17, 2016

11:30am - 1pm Featured Poet Reading & Book Signing (Books will be available for sale)
Amal Al-Jubouri​, Rigoberto González, Linda Hogan