Ada Limón is the 24th Poet Laureate of The United States. Named Poet Laureate in July 2022, she is the first Latina to be awarded this distinction. She hosts the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown, and has written six books of poetry.
Limón’s most recent work, The Hurting Kind, published in 2022, is an astonishing collection about interconnectedness—between the human and nonhuman, ancestors and ourselves. It explores stories and ways of knowing, taking surprising turns, and always reaching a place of startling insight. These poems honor parents, stepparents, and grandparents: the sacrifices made, the separate lives lived, the tendernesses extended to a hurting child; the abundance, in retrospect, of having two families. Along the way, we glimpse loss – flashes of the pandemic, ghosts whose presence manifests in unexpected memories and the mysterious behavior of pets left behind. But The Hurting Kind is filled, above all, with connection and the delight of being in the world.
Limón’s previous book: The Carrying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Throughout this deeply moving and personal collection, Limón shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. In Bright Dead Things, Limón writes of moving to Kentucky: “Confession: I did not want to live here.” A wonderfully lively and attentive collection replete with the trappings of living a little closer to nature, it was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Her work has been supported most recently by a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Limón grew up in Sonoma and now lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she writes, teaches, and hosts The Slowdown.
“There are many wonderful poems here and a handful of genuine masterpieces”
–NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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