10-10:45 Poetry Out Loud is a national contest that introduces youth to great poetry. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Millions of young people start at the classroom level to compete for spots in the National Finals held in Washington, where awards and school stipends are presented to winners.
10:55-11:40 Books in Translation Panel Ever wonder what it takes to translate a great work of foreign literature into English? Amy Stolls, literature director at the National Endowment for the Arts, will moderate a discussion with author and translator Paul Auster and translator Natasha Wimmer about the art of translation and its role in the literary world. Auster’s works include “The Invention of Solitude,” “The New York Trilogy,” “The Music of Chance” and, most recently, “Report from the Interior.” He has also translated works by Jean-Paul Sartre and Stéphane Mallarmé. Wimmer, a winner of the PEN Translation Prize, has translated Roberto Bolaño’s “2666” and “The Savage Detectives” and Mario Vargas Llosa’s “The Language of Passion.” Signing at noon.
11:50-12:35 Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins has published numerous poetry collections such as “ Questions About Angels ,” “ Sailing Alone Around the Room ” and “ Horoscopes for the Dead .” As poet laureate, Collins created the Poetry 180 Web site ( loc.gov/poetry/180/ ) for the Library of Congress, which offers a poem a day throughout the school year. Collins’s new collection of poems is “ Aimless Love .” Signing at 1.
12:45-1:30 Creative Nonfiction Panel Amy Stolls, literature director at the National Endowment for the Arts, will moderate a discussion with writers Eula Biss and Paisley Rekdal. Biss is the author of “Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays,” which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Biss, who teaches writing at Northwestern, is also the author of the forthcoming “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” about the myths and fears surrounding vaccination. Rekdal is the author of the poetry collections “A Crash of Rhinos,” “Six Girls Without Pants” and “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope” as well as the book of essays “The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In.” The recipient of both a Guggenheim and a Fulbright fellowship, Rekdal teaches English at the University of Utah. Her most recent book, “Intimate: An American Family Photo Album,” combines personal essay, photography and poetry. Signing at 2.
1:40-2:25 Elizabeth McCracken’s books include “Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry,” “The Giant’s House” and “An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.” An English professor at the University of Texas at Austin, McCracken has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her latest work is “Thunderstruck and Other Stories.” Signing at 3:30.
2:35-3:20 A two-time finalist for the National Book Award, Alicia Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including “No Heaven,” “The Little Space,” “The Crack in Everything” and “The Book of Seventy,” which won a Jewish National Book Award. Her latest collection is “The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog.”Signing at 4.
3:30-4:15 Richard Rodriguez first gained acclaim in 1982 with “Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez.” In 1992, he published another memoir, “Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father.” His most recent work is “Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.” Signing at 5.
4:25-5:10 Alberto Ríos’s poetry books include “The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body,” a National Book Award finalist, and, most recently, “The Dangerous Shirt.” His memoir, “Capirotada,” won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award. Ríos has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Signing at 3.
5:20-6 Mona Simpson’s first novel, “Anywhere but Here,” won a Whiting Prize and was adapted for a 1999 film starring Susan Sarandon. Her other works include “Off Keck Road,” a PEN/Faulkner finalist, “My Hollywood,” and, most recently, “Casebook.” Signing at 4.
6-7:30 The DC Youth Poetry Slam will include the city’s top groups: the DC Youth Slam Team and Louder Than a Bomb DMV. Champion delegates from both will compete to be named DC’s top youth slammer. Judges will include Gayle Danley, Tanuja Desai Hidier and Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin. The emcee will be Beltway Grand Slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo. This event is a collaboration of the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the Literature Division of the National Endowment for the Arts and the poetry organization Split This Rock.