UPDATE: On May 13, The Life of a Poet Series will continue with award-winning poet Mary Ruefle. Her recent works have garnered acclaim as Trances of the Blast (2013) was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (2012) was announced winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Poet Tony Hoagland has said, “[Mary’s] work combines the spiritual desperation of Dickinson with the rhetorical virtuosity of Wallace Stevens. The result (for those with ears to hear) is a poetry at once ornate and intense; linguistically marvelous, yes, but also as visceral as anything you are likely to encounter.” To register for ickets to the two-hour event and free reception with Mary Ruefle, click here.

In a series of complex and thought-provoking conversations, Ron Charles, Book World Editor for The Washington Post, examines contemporary works of poetry with some of today’s most influential poets. The four-part program is free and hosted at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Each conversation starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a complimentary reception with the featured author.

The first conversation will kick off on February 19 with Frank Bidart, winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award. The two-hour event will explore Bidart’s life and creative works, including his 2013 release of Metaphysical Dog, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

The Life of a Poet Series is free, however, registration for each event is required. Seats will be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn how to register for the poetry series here.

The Washington Post is pleased to return as co-sponsor of The Life of a Poet Series, along with the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center. The Post supports the programming of nonprofits that nurture creativity and innovation in the D.C. community.