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Family Poetry

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Megan Armenti, Specialist, Congressional Research Service. When I first met my husband and From the Catbird Seat blogger–Peter Armenti–I was immediately drawn in by his sincere smile, warm personality, and quintessential shy librarian nature. I soon discovered that he held a deep-seated love for poetry, one that I didn’t fully …

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500 Columns and Counting: Celebrating Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry Project

Posted by: Peter Armenti

In the first-half of the 20th century, “newspaper poets” such as Edgar A. Guest and Anne Campbell published massively popular syndicated poetry columns that touched the lives of millions of readers. In succeeding decades the written poem, subject to a variety of cultural and technological changes, gradually faded from the pages of mainstream print media …

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The Book of Secrets, and Other Secret Books

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Mark F. Hall, a research specialist in the Library of Congress’s Digital Reference Section. The Library’s reference staff receives many Ask a Librarian questions from people trying to locate particularly hard-to-find books. However, we’ve gotten a surprising number of questions from people looking for several books that, it …

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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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Program Offers Fresh Take on Gatsby’s Greatness

Posted by: Peter Armenti

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. Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and a lecturer and critic-in-residence at Georgetown University, has been a consummate researcher at the Library of Congress over …

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Remembered Lines

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Ellen Terrell, a research and reference specialist in the Library’s Science, Technology, and Business Division. Ellen is a regular blogger for the Science, Technology, and Business Division’s Inside Adams blog. Last year my Inside Adams co-blogger Jennifer Harbster wrote a post for From the Catbird Seat about her …

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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 …