Ada Limón 24th US Poet Laureate!

Tuesday’s announcement by the US Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is welcome good news. She chose Ada Limón as the 24th US poet laureate. Limón’s tenure begins September 29, 2022 with a poetry reading in the Coolidge Auditorium in Washington DC.

Limón has an MFA from NYU, has published six books of poetry and hosted the podcast The Slowdown. Born in California (1976), she is currently living in Kentucky and teaching poetry for Queens University of Charlotte low residency program. Limón is the first Mexican-American and Latina woman US Poet Laureate.

She has won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle (2018) for her book of poems The Carrying.

To give you a taste of her style, here are the last lines of her poem, Sanctuary, published in the Virginia Quarterly Review:

“…To be made whole
by being not a witness,
but witnessed.”

Congratulations to Ada Limón for her poetic achievement.

¡Olé! –Rebecca

Ada Limón in SF Photo: Cmichel67

Ada Limón 24a poeta laureada de los EEUU

Las noticias martes de la Bibliotecaria nacional Carla Hayden están bienvenidas. Hayden escogió a Ada Limón como la 24a poeta laureada de los Estados Unidos. Limón empieza el 29 septiembre 2022 con una lectura de poesía en el Auditorio Coolidge en el Washington DF.

Limón tiene una maestría de las bellas artes de NYU, ha publicado seis libros de poesía y es la anfitrona del pódcast The Slowdown. Nació en California (1976), vive ahora en Kentucky y enseña poesía para la Universidad Queens de Charlotte del programa de baja residencia. Limón es la primera mujer poeta laureada de los Estados Unidos mexicana-americana y latina.

Los premios ganados por Limón incluye el Premio nacional “Book Critics Circle” (Círculo de críticos de libros) (2018) por su libro de poemas, The Carrying. (Cargando)

Para ofrecer una prueba de su estilo, aquí están las últimas líneas de su poema Sanctuary (Santuario), publicado en la revista Virginia Quarterly Review. (Traducción mía.)

“…Llego a ser entera

no por ser testiga

pero por ser presenciada.”

Felicidades a Ada Limón por su logro poético.

¡Olé! –Rebecca

Rebecca Cuningham

16 thoughts on “Ada Limón 24th US Poet Laureate!

  1. Another excerpt:

    ADAPTATION

    … Nights when the moon
    was wide like the great eye of a universal
    beast coming close for a kill, it was a cave
    of bitten bones and snake skins, eggshell dust,
    and charred scraps of a frozen-over flame.

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