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Literary Treasures: LGBT Literary Event

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The following post is part of our From the Catbird Seat series, “Literary Treasures.” The monthly series champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, helps further the Library’s mission to “further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.”

Happy summer, dear readers! I hope you are enjoying this amazing weather. Not only have we been able to retire our coats over the few past weeks, we have also had the time and space to debrief from our busy event calendar. In short: we have had another wonderful literary season this spring, and it has been great seeing some of you at our events.

If you have attended our events, or have been following along online, you will remember that in recent years we celebrated June as LGBT Pride Month with our LGBT Poetry Celebration event. The 2014 program, which was co-sponsored by the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division and presented in partnership with Capital Pride, featured poets Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D. A. Powell, and Dan Vera reading from their work. Click here to read the event’s press release. (Side note: we are working on getting its webcast up as soon as possible for you to watch.)

Another June LGBT literary event we organized with the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division is a program that explored the landscape of LGBT publishing. The 2015 event, which was presented in partnership with Lambda Literary, brought together a group of publishers in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. The publishing companies included Sylvester & Orphanos, Sibling Rivalry Press, Manic D Press, and RedBone Press. Click here to read the event’s press release. The webcast, which is this month’s featured webcast, is below.

How do you celebrate LGBT Pride Month? Click here to see how the rest of the Library celebrates!