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The Life of a Poet: A Conversation with Ron Charles + Willie Perdormo

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Willie Perdormo

Join Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post, for an in-depth discussion with acclaimed poet Willie Perdormo. The Life of a Poet series offers a rare opportunity to consider a writer’s entire career and explore the major events that have shaped their work.  Readings from the work are interspersed throughout the conversation. A book signing will follow.

Willie Perdomo is the author of “The Crazy Bunch” (Penguin Poets, 2019); “The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon” (Penguin Poets, 2014), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the International Latino Book Award; “Smoking Lovely” (Rattapallax, 2004), winner of the PEN Open Book Award; and “Where a Nickel Costs a Dime” (Norton, 1996), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Poetry, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a Lucas Arts Program Literary Fellow and teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Ron Charles is a book critic at The Washington Post. For several years, he was the editor of The Post’s Book Work and edited the “Poet’s Choice” column. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 40 people who shaped DC in 2010. (Check out his “Totally Hip Book Reviews”).

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

East City Bookshop will be selling books, and a book signing will take place after the event.

Co-sponsored by Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, the Library of Congress, The Washington Post and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. This project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

his project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:
Library Of Congress


921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
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