National Student Poets in the News

Today, at 4 p.m., the Library of Congress will host the appointment ceremony of the sixth class of the National Student Poets, honoring five outstanding youth poets from across the United States for their original work. As ambassadors for poetry, it’s no surprise that they’ve received a good amount of press from local and national […]

Luisa Banchoff, 2012 National Student Poet

The following guest post was written by 2012 National Student Poet, Luisa Banchoff, with the below introduction by Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Class of 2017 National Student Poets will be appointed on Thursday, August 31, at the Library of Congress. Inaugural Class of 2012 National Student […]

How Did Stephen King to the Dark Tower Come? Through Robert Browning’s “Childe Roland.”

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, adapted and released as a feature film earlier this month, is the latest in a long line of fantasy fiction to receive the big screen treatment.  While, like many works in its genre, The Dark Tower was partly influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, the work […]

A Literary Gem: The History and Future of the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

The following is a post by Amalia Castaneda, 2017 Library of Congress Junior Fellow, Hispanic Division. It originally appeared on the 4 Corners of the World blog. This summer, as a Junior Fellow in the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress, I worked on the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape under the direction […]

Free August 29 Webinar: “Books Go to War: Armed Services Editions in World War II”

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, it opposed nations that had banned and burned books. In 1943, the Council on Books in Wartime, working with the War Department, began distributing pocket-size paperback volumes to soldiers in every theater of war. By 1947, approximately 123 million copies of some 1,300 titles in […]

Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery”

The following piece was written by John Sayers, a public affairs specialist in the Library’s Office of Communications. It originally appeared in the Library of Congress Magazine’s Summer Reading Issue. When The New Yorker magazine published in June of 1948 an allegorical tale of small-town American life with a horrific twist, neither the publication nor […]

This Day in History: James Baldwin

This post draws on an essay about Baldwin’s life and achievements by Alan Gevinson of the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. It was originally posted on the Library of Congress blog. James Baldwin was born 93 years ago today, on August 2, 1924, in New York City. His many novels include his first, “Go Tell […]