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Meeting the Secret Laureate and Other Tales from the PLC

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Laura Lannan, a Poetry and Literature Center Intern for Summer/Fall 2015. I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have poetry—my first books were poetry collections, my first loves were poets, and the first things I ever wrote were poems. My parents were avid …

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5 Under 35 and What it Means to Be an Emerging Writer

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Benjamin Samuel, program manager of the National Book Foundation—presenting partners at tomorrow’s “5 Under 35” panel and reading at the Library’s Montpelier Room. At the National Book Foundation, we often say our 5 Under 35 Honorees are young emerging writers who are poised to make a lasting impression …

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Nohemi—A Song for Paris

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest blog by Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. Sometimes all we have is the little song in our heart—the one responsible for lighting the way in times of trouble. The size of the trouble does not matter because the size of …

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Hooray for La Familia!

Posted by: Robert Casper

Today marks a milestone for the Poetry and Literature Center: we posted the first segment of the epic poem “La Familia” on our website! This poem is part of Juan Felipe Herrera’s Poet Laureate project, “La Casa de Colores”—this is how he describes it: La Familia (The Family) is an opportunity for you to contribute …

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The Poet Laureate Joins an AFC Workshop on Corridos

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a cross-post by Stephen Winick, writer and editor at the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center, for the Library’s Folklife Today blog. At AFC, we’re excited about the Library’s new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera. He’s a fascinating person and a great poet, and he has a deep interest …

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Catching up on the Laureate

Posted by: Robert Casper

The first month of the fall season is about over, and Juan Felipe Herrera has one month behind him as the Poet Laureate. In addition to his National Book Festival event and his opening reading, and the launch of his online project “La Casa de Colores” for the Library of Congress, he has found the …

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Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape Launches Online!

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Library’s Hispanic Division. Earlier this year, the Library of Congress launched the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL), an online feature that contains highlights from a collection of close to 2,000 recordings. For the first time, the Library could offer these …

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History You Could Really Sink Your Teeth Into

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a cross-post from the Library of Congress Blog, written by Senior Public Affairs Specialist Jennifer Gavin. E. L. Doctorow, a giant of American letters who uplifted the genre of the historical novel, died yesterday at the age of 84. The author of Ragtime, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, The March, Welcome to Hard …

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Meet Our New Poet Laureate–Online

Posted by: Robert Casper

With Wednesday’s announcement of Juan Felipe Herrera as the Library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, hundreds of articles and spotlights appeared–more than any one person could go through! Of course, the best place to start finding out about Juan Felipe is on the Library’s website–here’s his LC Web Guide, courtesy of fellow “Catbird” blogger …