Wordfest is holding the third D.C. International Poetry Festival Nov. 12-14 in the downtown Penn Quarter neighborhood, opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, with a reading and reception at the Naval Memorial Auditorium, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The evening will feature a panel discussion of the new anthology New British Poetry, introduced by Book World writer Michael Dirda and including one of the anthology's editors, Don Patterson, and contributors Fred D'Aguiar, Glyn Maxwell, Ruth Padel and Jo Shapcott. The remaining schedule is as follows:

13 Saturday

Noon: A panel discussion on the translation of poetry, "Finding a Common Language," at the Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW.

2 p.m.: A panel discussion on poetry and nationality, at the Goethe-Institut.

4 p.m.: A bilingual reading from the anthology Songs of Love and War: Afghan Women's Poetry with its translator, Marjolijn de Jager, at the Goethe-Institut.

6 p.m.: Homero Aridjis presents a bilingual reading from his collection, Eyes to See Otherwise, at the Navy Memorial Auditorium.

7:45 p.m.: Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic, presents a tribute to poet and Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz at the Navy Memorial Auditorium.

8:15 p.m.: Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott reads from his new book-length poem, The Prodigal, at the Navy Memorial Auditorium. Introduced by Leon Wieseltier.

14 Sunday

2 p.m.: Poet and violinist Kate Light reads from her new children's poetry book and CD designed for chamber ensemble and narrator, Oceanography (created with Bruce Adolphe), at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW.

3:30 p.m.: Dana Gioia, poet and chairman of the NEA, presents a tribute to the award-winning poet Anthony Hecht, who died on Oct. 20, at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

4:15 p.m.: Dana Gioia leads a panel discussion, "Poetry at the End of Print Culture," with festival poets participating as available, at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

6:15 p.m.: The festival's closing event features Irish poet Eavan Boland presenting a bilingual reading from her translations featured in a new anthology, After Every War: Twentieth-Century Women Poets, at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

The festival, co-sponsored by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., is free and open to the public. For further details, please contact Terri Merz or Steve Moyer at Wordfest, c/o Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553 or via e-mail, chapters.literary@erols.com.

Derek Walcott, Nov. 13