From the Archive: Jane Hirshfield at the 2009 National Book Festival

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new From the Catbird Seat series, “From the Archive.” The monthly series will champion the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, will help further Library’s mission to “further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.”

For the first installment I thought I’d feature poet Jane Hirshfield, who will be participating in a panel discussion at this year’s National Book Festival, reading from her work at the 2009 festival.  The festival launched in September of 2001, and became the Library’s biggest annual event. It has featured the foremost poets and writers from around the world–in 2009, Hirshfield shared the spotlight with Junot Diaz, Jodi Picoult, and John Irving, among others.

I select her reading to start the series because Hirshfield and her poems remind us to slow down and notice both finitely and abstractly the world around us. And after the exhaustion of the normal weekly stressors, the acute awareness with which her poems unfold may be exactly what we need to feel rejuvenated, centered, and ready to welcome spring.

Click here for the Library’s official announcement of the pavilions for this year’s festival and and some of the authors scheduled to appear.

 

Capital Pride LGBT Poetry Event Webcast

Hello again! A happy note to let you know that we were able to get the webcast for our 2014 LGBT literary program up, which I referenced earlier this month as part of From the Catbird’s Seat’s “Literary Treasures” series. You can view it by either finding it below or visiting the Library’s webcast webpage. […]

Literary Treasures: LGBT Literary Event

The following post is part of our From the Catbird Seat series, “Literary Treasures.” The monthly series champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some […]

Commencement Addresses by U.S. Poets Laureate

It’s commencement season across college and university campuses, which can mean only one thing: celebrities, politicians, business executives, famous graduates, and other notable citizens invited to address the current crop of graduates have wrestled with the best way to share their experience, advice, and encouragement while avoiding the clichés and truisms that often are the […]

Reading and Discussing Poetry Together

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. While your students may not look like those in this picture, reading poetry together and taking time to discuss it are key steps in fostering […]

The Importance of Libraries: A Reflection by Native Writer Stephen Graham Jones

A quick but worthy post to remember last week’s wonderful native literature celebrations and simultaneously highlight “Spotlight on Native Writers” participant Stephen Graham Jones’s wonderful reflection on the value of books, libraries, and lifelong learning. Jones’s reflective guest blog post, in which he discusses his medley of jobs and what each have meant to him, […]

Finding Shakespeare at the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post by Abby Yochelson, English and American Literature Reference specialist at the Library of Congress’s Main Reading Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Division. This is the second in a small series of blog posts on Shakespeare at the Library of Congress. Sometimes it’s possible to feel a little insecure about […]

Literary Treasures: Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Closes the 2011 Literary Season

The following post is part of our From the Catbird Seat series, “Literary Treasures.” The monthly series champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some […]

Happening Today: Native Writers Take Center Stage in Afternoon and Evening Programs

Join the Poetry and Literature Center and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation this afternoon as we celebrate native literature with a “Spotlight on Native Writers” reading/panel. Please see below for the event listing and the press release by clicking here. Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 PM SPOTLIGHT ON NATIVE WRITERS Writers Eric Gansworth, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Stephen […]