U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón on Elevating and Promoting Poetry When America Needs Healing

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Ada Limón, the nation's 24th Poet Laureate, poses for a portrait.  (Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. )

Sonoma native Ada Limón sees her work as the nation’s new poet laureate as “elevating and promoting the expansiveness of poetry.” Limón's poems cover a huge range of subjects, from groundhogs to grief. “Poetry allows us to breathe,” she said in an interview after being selected as poet laureate. “I really truly believe with my whole body in the power of poetry and in the power of poetry to heal and bring together communities.” Limón joins us to talk about her work, her love of poetry, and how she’s reimagining America’s relationship to poetry.

 

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Ada Limón, poet, 24th Poet Laureate of the United States.

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