Join us online for two National Poetry Month programs

Juan Felipe Herrera U.S. Poet Laureate, 2015- Photo Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

Juan Felipe Herrera
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2015-
Photo Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

April is always a big month for poetry programming at the Library of Congress. Among the many on-campus events scheduled for the month of note, one standout occurs on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, when Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will celebrate the conclusion of his term as Laureate.

To complement the Library’s on-campus poetry programming during National Poetry Month, the Library’s Digital Reference Section will be hosting two free, online poetry webinars.

The first webinar, “Laurels & Lyrics: Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress,” will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m.-noon (Eastern Daylight Time), and will provide an overview of the poetry resources available through the Library’s website. Here’s the official description:

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, join research specialist Peter Armenti and the Library of Congress for a tour of the rich and varied poetry resources available on our website.

Whether you’re a teacher, librarian, literary scholar, or an avid reader of poetry, the Library’s website has poetry-related materials that will engage and excite you. This program will introduce participants to specific poetry resources–including online initiatives launched by U.S. Poets Laureate, exhibits on famous poets, poetry webcasts and recordings, and, of course, poems themselves–while also offering search tips and strategies you can use to delve more deeply into the Library’s online poetry content.

The second webinar, “Listening In: Exploring Literary Audio Archives at the Library of Congress,” is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), and will explore the history and content of two major audio archives held by the Library that feature poets and writers reading and discussing their work. More about the program:

In honor of National Poetry Month, join Catalina Gómez of the Hispanic Division as she explores the history of the Library of Congress’s literary audio archives. Curated since 1943 at the Library, these archives consist of audio recordings of prominent contemporary poets and prose writers reading from their work. The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) includes poets and prose writers from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America; and the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL) is comprised of American poets and prose writers, though some international writers are also included in the collection. Online versions of both archives were launched in 2015. Gómez will discuss the process of digitizing the archives and share several of her favorite recordings, in English and Spanish, with listeners.

Further information about both webinars, including specific times and how to register, follows below. If you have any questions about the programs, please let me know in the comments below.

I hope you can attend!

April Poetry Webinars

Title: “Laurels & Lyrics: Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress”
Presenter: Peter Armenti
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
Register at: //www.loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions_form.php
Note: This is an online program. Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.
ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]. Registration for the program is also required.
Sponsor: The Digital Reference Section
Questions? Contact the Digital Reference Section

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Title: “Listening In: Exploring Literary Audio Archives at the Library of Congress”
Presenter: Catalina Gómez
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2016
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
Register at: //www.loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions_form.php
Note: This is an online program. Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.
ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]. Registration for the program is also required.
Sponsor: The Digital Reference Section
Questions? Contact the Digital Reference Section

2 Comments

  1. charles zebe
    April 5, 2016 at 8:57 am

    How can I submit my poem for the record and be judged or critiqued? CONTEST or in a compilation to be published? Thanks Charlie Zebe

  2. Peter Armenti
    April 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Dear Charles,

    I’ve added your question into our Ask a Librarian system. I will be in touch with you soon with a more complete response.

    Best wishes,

    Peter

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