Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the appointment of Ada Limón as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate for 2022-2023.
Ada Limón is the author of six poetry collections, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; Bright Dead Things, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award; Sharks in the Rivers; Lucky Wreck; and This Big Fake World. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Her newest poetry collection, The Hurting Kind, was recently published as part of a three-book deal with Milkweed Editions that includes the publication of Beast: An Anthology of Animal Poems, featuring work by major poets over the last century, followed by a volume of new and selected poems.
“What an incredible honor,” Limón said. “Again and again, I have been witness to poetry’s immense power to reconnect us to the world, to allow us to heal, to love, to grieve, to remind us of the full spectrum of human emotion.”