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Poet laureate hosts authors of South in DC reading

Wednesday - 3/27/2013, 2:20am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is hosting a reading at the Library of Congress to celebrate writing from the South.

On Wednesday, Trethewey will host fiction writers Madison Smartt Bell, Edward P. Jones, Jill McCorkle and Ron Rash, as well as poet Charles Wright. The authors are members of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, which encourages literature in the South.

Trethewey is a professor at Emory University in Atlanta and is the first poet laureate to hail from the South since the 1980s. She is also Mississippi's chief poet.

The reading is free and open to the public. It's scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Library of Congress: www.loc.gov/poetry/


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