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“American Conversations” in Maine

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following guest post is by Guy Lamolinara, communications officer in the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. This post accompanies online content just added to the “American Conversations” website for Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to Maine from November 1-2, 2018.  Having had the privilege of traveling with the “American Conversations” …

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New “Poetry of America” Recordings: Muriel Rukeyser and Lisa Jarnot

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Here’s a treat for your poetry-craving brain: We’ve just added two new audio recordings to our “Poetry of America” series. As of today, you can now tune in to hear Linda Gregerson discuss Muriel Rukeyser’s “Poem Out of Childhood,” and Elizabeth Willis as she explores Lisa Jarnot’s “The Bridge.” First launched in 2013 as a counterpart …

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Jorie Graham, 2018 Bobbitt Prize Winner

Posted by: Anne Holmes

This Thursday, December 6, at the Library of Congress, Jorie Graham will receive the 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and read selections from her 2017 winning collection Fast. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Free tickets are still …

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U.S. Poet Laureate: Poetry Leads to ‘Profound Conversation’

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following post is by Ryan Woodard, communications consultant for the South Dakota Humanities Council. This post originally appeared on the South Dakota Humanities Council blog following Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” visit to South Dakota from October 5-6, 2018.  According to legendary playwright/poet Oscar Wilde, memory is “the diary that we all carry about …

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“American Conversations” in South Dakota

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following guest post is by Guy Lamolinara, communications officer in the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. This post accompanies online content just added to the “American Conversations” website for Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to South Dakota from October 5-6, 2018.  For my second “American Conversations” trip with Poet …

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Literary Treasures: Margaret Atwood reads her poetry at the Library of Congress, 1970

Posted by: Anne Holmes

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 of America: Denise Levertov and Gwendolyn Brooks

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Here’s some good news for your Thursday: We’ve added two new recordings to our online “Poetry of America” series. Join Juan Felipe Herrera as he reads and discusses Denise Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”  and Patricia Spears Jones as she reads and discusses Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell.” The …

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Poet-Critics at the People’s Library

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following guest post is by poet and critic Matthew Zapruder, co-founder of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. Matthew Zapruder will join poet-critics Maureen McLane and Srikanth Reddy for a discussion on the role of criticism in contemporary American poetry next Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the …

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I Can’t Wait to Slow Down: Looking Forward to Tracy K. Smith on the Air

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following guest post is by Jeff Shotts, executive editor at Graywolf Press—publisher of the anthology American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time in association with the Library of Congress. Regular, daily poetry programming on the airwaves has not only been saved, it’s been revitalized. American Public Media, the Library of Congress, and the Poetry Foundation …