Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Joins Oprah Winfrey for SuperSoul Sunday on October 6

It’s been a busy summer and fall for U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. In just the few months since her historic appointment announcement, Joy has been featured in virtually every major news outlet, as well as in outlets with ties to her local and regional communities; released her newest poetry collection, An American Sunrise; has […]

Talking Poetry and Poets Laureate with Shari Werb, Director of the Library’s Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement

It’s been nearly two weeks since Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s inaugural reading, and we’re still reeling from the event. If you missed it, you can tune in to watch the evening’s festivities via the Library’s YouTube site (with captions). Last week, we sat down with Shari Werb, director of the Library’s new Center for Learning, […]

Edwidge Danticat: The Making of a Novelist

The following post is by Neely Tucker, a writer-editor in the Library’s Office of Communications. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress blog. Edwidge Danticat, the Haitian-born novelist who has become one of America’s most honored authors, told a crowd at the Coolidge Auditorium this week that she first felt the magic of storytelling as a […]

Through a Glass Darkly: The Room by Artist Alice Leora Briggs in Homage to Poet Mark Strand

The following guest post is by Katherine Blood, curator of fine prints in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. In our ongoing exploration of intersections between art and poetry in the Library’s graphic art collections, I’d like to share a fascinating, recent donation of somberly enthralling images by Texas artist Alice Leora Briggs (b. 1953). […]

Tomorrow Night: Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s Inaugural Reading

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m., Joy Harjo will take the stage of the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building for the first time as 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. To mark this historic occasion, musicians Howard Cloud, Larry Mitchell, and Robert Muller will join Joy in a reading and […]

What is a Poet Laureate? Why is the Role Important?

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. In June, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden named Joy Harjo the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. On September 19, the date of her […]

Walt Whitman’s View of Railroads: To a Locomotive in Winter

The following guest post is by Michael Sconzo, an intern from the University of Virginia in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Using inspiration and access to the extensive collections of the Library Congress, Michael was asked to write posts on the theme of transportation for the Division’s Inside Adams blog. After reflection, he chose […]

Laureate at the Library: Sharing the History and Realities of Field Recordings of Native American Songs and Narratives

The following guest post is by Judith Gray, coordinator of Reference Services in the Library’s American Folklife Center. This is the fifth and final post in a series documenting Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s summertime meetings with librarians and curators across the Library of Congress. The meetings grew out of Harjo’s interest in learning more about the Library’s services […]

Laureate at the Library: Joy Harjo Visits the Prints and Photographs Division

The following guest post is by Katherine Blood and Melissa Lindberg of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. This is the fourth in a series of five posts documenting Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s summertime meetings with librarians and curators across the Library of Congress. The meetings grew out of Harjo’s interest in learning more about the Library’s services and […]