Literary Treasures: Philip Levine Closes the Literary Season (2012)

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 […]

The Poet Laureate Meets the Librarian of Congress

Here’s a fun fact: the current Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera, is in the unusual position of pre-dating our current Librarian of Congress! Herrera was appointed by the previous Librarian, James H. Billington, and he was re-appointed by acting Librarian David Mao back in April—five months before the swearing-in of Dr. Carla […]

Ingenuity and Homage: Poetic Lotería by Artemio Rodríguez

The following article (“Ingenuity and Homage: Poetic Lotería by Artemio Rodríguez”) was written by Katherine Blood, curator of fine prints in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, and originally appeared in On Paper: Journal of the Washington Print Club (Fall 2016 Volume 1, No. 2) as a “Curator’s Choice” feature. We are reprinting […]

Discovering Walt Whitman at the Library of Congress

The following cross-post was written by Jason Steinhauer, program specialist at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. It originally appeared on the Insights blog. Walt Whitman has been the subject of rigorous study for more than 100 years. Is there anything left to discover? Three former Kluge fellows and scholars of […]

Two Weeks Left to Contribute to “Catalina Neon” Chapter Three!

Calling all grade school librarians and teachers across the country: Now’s the time to work with your second and third graders to read Chapter Two of “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” and respond to the prompt, helping Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera decide what happens to Catalina and her dog, Tortilla, in Chapter Three. […]

Poetic Reactions to Historical Events

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. Like writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets use their work as a forum for social commentary. Often this commentary is directly related to historical events […]

New “Catalina Neon” Chapter and Prompt!

Greetings, neonis! We’re thrilled to announce that Chapter Two of “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” is now online for your reading and listening pleasure and participation. In the month following Catalina’s debut, submissions from second and third grade librarians and students across the country flooded our inbox and senses, continuing Catalina’s adventures in winding, […]

Literary Treasures: Happy Birthday, Anne Sexton

The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting 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 […]

Our Online Audio Archives Find New Audiences

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Library’s Hispanic Division. It’s extremely gratifying to learn that the public is taking advantage of and using the cultural treasures that we work hard to make available digitally here at the Library of Congress. Making a unique photo or a rare recording […]