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“American Conversations”: Alaska Content Now Online!

Posted by: Anne Holmes

During the last week of August, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith traveled to rural communities in three of Alaska’s five regions as the kickoff to “American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities.” Today, we’re excited to share photos, interviews, and reflections from Tracy’s adventures in Alaska on the “American Conversations” website. “I’ve been welcomed into …

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“I don’t understand it”: Why you should read our newly relaunched poetry interview series

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Anastasia Nikolis, the poetry editor for our newly relaunched Interview Series. Poetry has a reputation of being eccentric and esoteric; of being stunningly opaque but deeply meaningful. This is why people say they “don’t understand it,” won’t often read it, and more often turn to poems at times …

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Archive of Hispanic Literature Launches New Online Recordings

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division. It originally appeared on the 4 Corners of the World: International Collections blog. Among the various ways that the Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is by launching, during this special commemoration, new digital material on …

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Announcing “The Slowdown” with Tracy K. Smith

Posted by: Anne Holmes

With her “American Conversations” project in full swing, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is keeping busy on the road—she kicked off the tour in rural Alaska at the end of August, and today she will travel to communities in South Dakota. In the coming weeks, we’ll announce public events for her remaining fall trips …

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“American Conversations” Travelogue: Alaska

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.  The beauty of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” project is that it brings poetry to places most book tours—or tours of any nature—never reach. The project kicked off August 27-29 with a …

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“How Do I Read a Poem?” with Tracy K. Smith

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a piece written by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as part of the Library of Congress Magazine’s “How Do I?” series. It is reprinted from the September–October back-to-school issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The issue is available in its entirety online. Like a stranger in somebody else’s home, I …

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“Memory at its Core”: An Interview with Celeste Ng

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Six years ago, the Poetry and Literature Center celebrated its historic 75th anniversary by introducing a host of new online features, including its Interview Series. Between 2012 and 2015, the Center’s staff, interns, and friends across the Library of Congress engaged 16 emerging and established literary writers in dynamic and thought-provoking conversation. Over the past year, with …