On July 12, 2022, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Ada Limón as the 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Limón began her term as laureate on September 1, 2022.
“Ada Limón is a poet who connects,” Hayden said. “Her accessible, engaging poems ground us in where we are and who we share our world with. They speak of intimate truths, of the beauty and heartbreak that is living, in ways that help us move forward.”
Limón offered the following comments on her appointment:
What an incredible honor to be named the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States. Again and again, I have been witness to poetry's immense power to reconnect us to the world, to allow us to heal, to love, to grieve, to remind us of the full spectrum of human emotion,” Limón said. This recognition belongs to the teachers, poets, librarians and ancestors from all over the world that have been lifting up poetry for years. I am humbled by this opportunity to work in the service of poetry and to amplify poetry's ability to restore our humanity and our relationship to the world around us.
On April 24, 2023, Limón’s was appointed to a second, two-year term as laureate. Her term will begin in September 2023 and conclude in April 2025. Limón's signature poet laureate project is "You Are Here,” which will feature two major new initiatives: an anthology of commissioned nature poems and poetry installed as public art in seven national parks.
This guide provides an overview of print and online resources related to Ada Limón's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Library's poetry and literature reference librarians.