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Ada Limón

Thursday, February 22, 2024
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 03/03/2024

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It is not just by reading poetry that we understand its power, it is in its performance. Join us for an evening with United States Poet Laureate Ada Limón and Alexis Madrigal as we experience the transformative possibilities of poetry.

Ada Limón’s poems expertly combine brilliant observations of our complex world with a tender sincerity. As Poet Laureate of the United States (currently serving her second term), Limón has focused on using poetry to connect us more strongly with the natural world. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Most recently, she composed a poem to be engraved on NASA’s Europa Clipper Spacecraft, which will be launched to the second moon of Jupiter in October 2024. Limón was raised in Sonoma, California. 

Alexis Madrigal is co-host of KQED’s Forum and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He helped found the COVID Tracking Project and was previously the editor-in-chief of Fusion. He is currently working on a book about Oakland and the Bay Area’s revolutionary ideas.