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Archive: 2014 (22 Posts)

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Remembering Our Laureates

Posted by: Robert Casper

As this year comes to an end, and a new one begins, I want to take a moment to remember a few people dear to the Poetry and Literature Center that passed away. Today I want to focus on two former Poets Laureate, Maxine Kumin and Mark Strand. I had the good fortune of meeting …

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The Warrior Poet (a.k.a. Fellow Traveler No. 1)

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a cross-post from the Library of Congres Blog, from Senior Public Affairs Specialist Jennifer Gavin. Many larger-than-life figures have served as the Librarian of Congress.  As the Library once again plays host to that seminal document affirming the rule of law, Magna Carta, today we shine a spotlight on the man who …

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A Terrific Beginning

Posted by: Robert Casper

On Thursday, September 25th, Charles Wright officially began his term as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress with a reading in the historic Coolidge Auditorium. There was a host of media coverage before and after the reading, including the following: A preview of the reading, by Book World editor …

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Coming Soon: the Opening Moment

Posted by: Robert Casper

In just a couple of days, 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Charles Wright will give his opening reading at the Library of Congress. I was thrilled to see Ron Charles at The Washington Post help spread the word, and even suggest that the Laureate wear a suit! Rumor has it that the acclaimed poet …

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Summer School at the Library

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Clare Hogan, summer intern at the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center. When Rob Casper asked me to write a blog post about my time at the Poetry and Literature Center, I thought of how I got here. My education in poetry started in high school, and …

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Celebrating Tove Jansson

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Taru Rauha Spiegel, reference specialist in the Library of Congress European Division. August 9th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, one of the world’s best-known children’s authors. Although Jansson does not have the same following in the United States as she does in Europe …

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The Places that Connect Us

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Matt Blakley, programs support assistant at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center. If you told me when I first fell in love with poetry that one day I’d work at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, there’s no way I would’ve believed you. I probably still wouldn’t believe …

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Hooray to Our New Poet Laureate!

Posted by: Robert Casper

We at the Poetry and Literature Center are thrilled the Librarian has selected Charles Wright to be the twentieth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. And we’re not the only ones—the media response has been impressive. Peter Armenti has put together a terrific web guide for Mr. Wright, and he’s adding …