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“The Poet Diaries”: Who is Amanda Gorman Anyway?

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. This is the second in a series of monthly blog posts that Amanda will be writing during her laureateship this year.  Last year my Harvard friends called me The Lorax. Some of them didn’t really know what ‘laureate’ meant (heck, I …

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On This Day: Robert Frost’s First Professionally Published Poem, “My Butterfly,” appears in The Independent

Posted by: Peter Armenti

On November 8, 1894, a poem by Robert Lee Frost, then a 20-year-old grammar school teacher in Salem, New Hampshire, appeared on the front page of the New York newspaper The Independent. The poem, titled “My Butterfly: An Elegy,” was the first poem Frost ever sold, and his first professionally published poem. Readers of Frost’s …

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From the Magical Arena: 50 Years of the International Writing Program

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program. This Friday, November 3, at 12:00 pm, the Library will host the International Writing Program Spotlight in the Whittall Pavilion. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Writing Program, residents Enza García Arreaza (Venezuela) and Santiago Giralt (Argentina) will participate in a discussion with Cynthia P. …

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New Online: Scary Stories and More

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center. An earlier version was published on “Folklife Today,” the center’s blog. Halloween is here, and the Library of Congress has released a new web guide to Halloween resources at the Library. It features select materials on the folk customs, fine art, pop …

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Literary Treasures: Richard Wilbur’s Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate (1987)

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. By showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the …

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Poetry, and history, and prophecy! Oh, my!

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Recently, I read a novel in which the poetry of William Blake was important to solving a mystery. A reference to two prophetic poems by …

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Denis Johnson Honored and Remembered

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, literary advisor to the Library of Congress; coordinator of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; and the literary director of the National Book Festival. My first encounter with Denis Johnson was harrowing and it was on the page. As a literary critic, I had …

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La Biblioteca Podcast Series Launches

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following post by John Sayers, a public affairs specialist in the Library’s Office of Communications, originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. Today we launched our newest podcast series, “La Biblioteca” (The Library), in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Every Thursday for the next eight weeks, Library specialists will explore the Library’s …