Literary Treasures: Opening of Young Readers Center (2009) and Launch of Saturday Hours (2017)

The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. By showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the Library’s […]

New Online: The Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection

The following cross-post was written by Barbara Bair, historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. As a special collections repository, the Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Walt Whitman materials anywhere in the world. The Manuscript Division has already made available online the Thomas Biggs […]

Life of a Poet: Brenda Shaughnessy

Guess what, friends? After a two-month breather, PLC programs are back in action! To kick off our 2017 season, we welcome award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy to the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 PM, as part of the Life of a Poet series. Now in its fourth year, […]

Poetry and the Presidential Inauguration

During the past several weeks the Library has received inquiries through our Ask a Librarian service about the history of inaugural poetry and whether a poem will be read at President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Friday, January 20. The official inaugural program issued by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies does not mention the inclusion […]

Making Word Machines: Researching Poetics at the Library of Congress

The following guest post is by Anastasia Nikolis, a graduate student intern in the Poetry and Literature Center and a PhD candidate in the English department at the University of Rochester. William Carlos Williams, a famous modernist poet from the first half of the 20th century, said that a poem is “a machine made out […]

Et Tu, 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 fourth in a small series of blog posts on Shakespeare at the Library of Congress. Several years ago I overheard the following conversation between […]

Poet Laureate Visits Library’s Asian Division

The following is a guest post by Kelly Yuzawa, who works within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress (and was previously a staff detail here in the Poetry and Literature Center!). During a visit to the Library at the end of October, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera stopped by the Library of […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Photographs to Prompt Poetry

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. If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, why not use photographs to prompt poetry? First select engaging photographs from the collections of the […]

Is it “Four Calling Birds” or “Four Colly Birds”? A “Twelve Days of Christmas” Debate

When I was a child my family would gather each year at my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve for a night of festivities and merriment. And each year, far and away my favorite activity was our traditional singing of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Each of us would draw one of the twelve days from […]