Edited by US Poet Laureate Ada Limón

You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World

Published in association with the Library of Congress and edited by Ada Limón, the twenty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, a singular collection of fifty poems reflecting on our relationship to the natural world by our most celebrated writers.

“With poems written for vast and inspiring vistas to poems acknowledging the green spaces that flourish even in the most urban of settings, this anthology hopes to reimagine what ‘nature poetry’ is during this urgent moment on our planet.”—Ada Limón

About Ada Limón

Ada Limón is the twenty-fourth US Poet Laureate and the author of The Hurting Kind, as well as five other collections of poems. These include The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Limón is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Featuring 50 new poems by 53 contemporary poets

National Park Service and the Poetry Society of America

You Are Here: Poetry in Parks

You Are Here: Poetry in Parks

In June, Limón will launch “You Are Here: Poetry in Parks,” an initiative with the National Park Service and the Poetry Society of America. It will feature site-specific poetry installations in seven national parks across the country. These installations, which will transform picnic tables into works of public art, will each feature a historic American poem that connects in a meaningful way to the park.

The featured poets and poems include:

Mary Oliver, “Can You Imagine?” at Cape Cod National Seashore
Jean Valentine, “The valley” at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
June Jordan, “Ecology” at Everglades National Park
Lucille Clifton, “the earth is a living thing” at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A.R. Ammons, “Uppermost” at Mount Rainier National Park
Francisco X. Alarcón, “Never Alone” at Redwood National and State Parks
Ofelia Zepeda, “Na:nko Ma:s Cewagi/Cloud Song” at Saguaro National Park

Limón will travel to each of the participating parks in 2024 to unveil and celebrate the new installations and support community outreach.

June 14: Cape Cod National Seashore (Massachusetts)
June 21: Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)
June 23: Redwood National and State Parks (California)
July 12: Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)
July 20: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)
Oct. 8: Everglades National Park (Florida)
Dec. 3: Saguaro National Park (Arizona)

  • Event

    In person: Ada Limón appearing at Symphony Space featuring Kevin Young, Ilya Kaminsky, and Patricia Smith

    New York, NY —

    Ada Limón launches her signature project as the nation’s Poet Laureate—a joyful and provocative anthology of nature poems commissioned from 50 of the most celebrated American poets. Join Limón for this evening of readings and conversation featuring contributors Ilya Kaminsky, Patricia Smith, and Kevin Young.

    There will be a book signing at this event. This event is ticketed and the expected run time is 75 minutes.

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    U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón awarded 2023 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’

    Milkweed Staff — 10/04/2023
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    We are overjoyed and honored to announce that U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón has been awarded a 2023 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius grant”! The MacArthur Fellowship is an $800,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential. Limón is one of twenty 2023 Fellows, including composers, scientists, artists, scholars, and more.

    MacArthur Fellows Director Marlies Carruth highlights each Fellow’s dedication to the natural world in her announcement statement:

    “The 2023 MacArthur Fellows are applying individual…

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    7 questions with DC's Youth Poet Laureate—and Ada Limón superfan—Sophia Hall

    Milkweed Staff — 08/15/2023

    On Thursday, September 29 of 2023, Ada Limón was inaugurated as the 24th U.S. Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress. Milkweed Editions was represented there by CEO & Publisher Daniel Slager, and as luck would have it, he would soon learn he was standing in the room amidst another future poet laureate who had dedicated her life to showcasing the power of the written—and spoken—word. Enter seventeen-year-old Sophia Hall, a devoted fan of Ada’s, brought to the ceremony by her mother for a chance to experience the magic of the new poet laureate’s charismatic-yet-commanding voice. By chance, the…

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    Hybrid: “You Are Here” celebration with Ada Limón

    Washington, DC —

    Join us at the Library of Congress for Live! at the Library: You Are Here Celebration with Ada Limón
    The kickoff event for the U.S. Poet Laureate’s signature project, including the publication of the new anthology You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World. Featuring Ada Limón with poets Molly McCully Brown, Jake Skeets, Analicia Sotelo, and Paul Tran.

    This event will be live-streamed here.

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    Watch: Book Trailer for The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón