Maxine Kumin: “One Poet’s View of Social Change at the Library of Congress”

The following essay was written in 2012 by Maxine Kumin, Consultant in Poetry from 1981-82, as part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s online “Poetry of American History” series that ran from 2012-2014. The series included essays and interviews by leaders in the literary field, including former Poets Laureate Consultants in Poetry, that illustrated how poems […]

Laureate at the Library: Joy Harjo Visits the Manuscript Division

Joy Harjo arrived in the Manuscript Division carrying with her a continuum of places, relatives, activists, literary inspirations, musicians, and tellers of stories she has loved. During her time with the collections, she encountered word-magic and art and evidence of lives that came before, all offering her different points of connection.

Laureate at the Library: Talking Geopoetics with Joy Harjo in the Geography and Map Division Research Center

The following guest post is by John Hessler, curator of the Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas in the Library’s Geography and Map Division. This is the second 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 […]

Literary Treasures: Howard Nemerov Memorial Reading, 1991

The following is a guest post by Joyce Hida, a summer intern in the Poetry and Literature Center. It 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 […]

Laureate at the Library: Joy Harjo Visits the Main Reading Room

This is the first 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 collections, especially Library materials pertaining to Native peoples and cultures. This post highlights Harjo’s […]

Remembering Toni Morrison

The following guest post was written by Guy Lamolinara of the Library’s Center for the Book. It was originally published on the Library of Congress Blog. The loss of the incomparable writer Toni Morrison leaves a gaping hole in the literary landscape. Fortunately for us, before she died on Monday, she filled the world with […]

Poet Jennifer Chang at the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival

This Saturday, August 3rd, the Library of Congress will host the second day of the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival. In anticipation of the Library’s full day of festival programming, Phoebe Coleman of the Library of Congress’s Asian American Association asked poet Jennifer Chang a few questions. Chang will deliver a short talk and participate in […]

Poet Arthur Sze at the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival

This Saturday, August 3rd, the Library of Congress will host the second day of the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival. In anticipation of the Library’s full day of festival programming, Phoebe Coleman of the Library of Congress’s Asian American Association asked poet Arthur Sze—who will deliver an “intimate lecture” on Saturday at 2 PM—a few questions. […]

Summertime is Laureate Time at the Library!

This summer the Poetry and Literature Center has been busy with our poet laureate-to-be, Joy Harjo. In preparation for the Librarian of Congress’s June 19th official appointment announcement, Joy came to the LOC for the usual “laureate orientation”—a one-day visit aimed to give the new laureate a sense of the position and its relationship to […]