Oh What a Night!: “Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema”

Two weeks have passed since Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera‘s whirlwind day-long celebration, “Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema,” marking the end of his second term. I don’t know about you, but my head is still swirling and swimming from the festivities, and I keep catching myself humming tunes like “Ms. United States” and “Pillow People” […]

Exploring Historical and Current Social Issues through 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. In our up-to-the-minute society, we receive news almost as soon as it happens. For this reason students who engage with social media often have interest […]

Chronicling National Poetry Month, vol. IV: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s Closing Events

The following is a guest post 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. Somehow it is the last week of April, which means it is the last week of National Poetry Month, and the end of […]

Chronicling National Poetry Month, vol. III: Spotlight on the Poetry of America series

Listen: Mary Jo Bang reads and discusses Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl, Part III.”   The following is a guest post 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. This week’s National Poetry Month feature spotlights the Poetry of […]

Chronicling National Poetry Month, vol. II: Bobbitt Prize Winners Claudia Rankine and Nathaniel Mackey

The following is a guest post 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. This week’s National Poetry Month post features the two 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry winners: Claudia Rankine for her 2014 […]

Reading Whitman

The following guest post was written by Barbara Bair, historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division. In this month celebrating the work of poets, we can honor Walt Whitman—the poet of democracy and nature, of sexuality and modernity, of globalism, nationalism, and mysticism—as both the people’s poet and the poet’s poet. The Library of Congress’s recent […]

Celebrate National Poetry Month: 50 New Online Recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

The following is a guest post written 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. Happy National Poetry Month! I hope you are all as excited to celebrate as we are here at the Poetry and Literature […]