Literary Treasures: The Man Who Invented Fiction: Cervantes & the Modern World (2016)

On December 2, the Poetry and Literature Center co-sponsored one of these events, which welcomed scholar and Johns Hopkins professor William Egginton to give a talk centered on his new book, The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World. Egginton’s book contextualizes and argues for Don Quixote as the first modern […]

Join Us: Asian American Literature Festival

It’s been a busy month for us here at the Poetry and Literature Center as we excitedly prepare for the upcoming Asian American Literature Festival, which will take place all around Washington, D.C. from Thursday to Saturday, July 27–29. Co-presented with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the festival—the first of its kind—will feature more […]

Interview with PLC Intern Conor MacVarish

The following is an interview with Conor MacVarish, who recently completed a year-long internship at the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center. Where and what do you study? How did you intend your internship to relate to your studies, college experience, or future plans? I just graduated with a double major in literature and political science […]

Literary Treasures: Remembering James Tate

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 […]

Bon Voyage, Catalina Neon!

We’ve had a wild, whimsical ride this past year with Catalina Neon and her bandana-clad dog, Tortilla. From gooey plants to laser beams to secret tunnels to carrot astronauts in the Galactic Poetry Cosmic Library, Catalina and Tortilla have been through it all—with a love for poetry guiding them along. Today, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe […]