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Lexington-based poet Ada Limon named 24th U.S. Poet Laureate

Ada Limon
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In this undated photo provided by the Library of Congress, Ada Limón poses for a portrait in Washington. On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the Library of Congress announced that Limón had been named the 24th U.S. poet laureate, officially called the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Her 1-year term begins Sept. 29 with the traditional reading at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. (Shawn Miller/Library of Congress via AP)

A high honor for a Lexington-based literary artist. The Library of Congress on Tuesday announced that Ada Limón will be the next U.S. poet laureate. She’s the 24th poet to hold that title; which officially is called the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

Limon's 1-year term begins Sept. 29th with the traditional reading at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Limón, who succeeds Joy Harjo, is an award-winning poet, based here in Lexington. Her acclaimed collection “Bright Dead Things” has sold more than 40,000 copies. She has published six books of poetry, most recently “The Hurting Kind,” and also hosts the podcast “The Slowdown.”