Donald Hall’s “The Poetry Crowd”

The following essay was written by Donald Hall, the 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 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 […]

Literary Treasures: Joseph Brodsky Reads His Poetry at the Library of Congress, 1992

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 […]

In Case You Missed It: Spring 2019 Event Webcasts

Missing your regular dose of literary programming this summer? While you’re anxiously awaiting the announcement of our 2019-2020 event season (coming soon!), you can catch up on or re-watch previous events anytime—they’re archived and available as webcasts on the Library’s site. Watch our spring 2019 events, now available as streaming video: On January 30, poet […]

Meet Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: Press Roundup

Since Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden’s announcement last week, 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Joy Harjo has been juggling a pretty full media schedule: In the past nine days, numerous articles and interviews have appeared online, in print, on TV and radio airwaves featuring Joy and her historic appointment as the first Native American laureate. […]

Hooray for Joy!

Today is one of the biggest days of the year for the Poetry and Literature Center—it’s the day of the Poet Laureate announcement. I want to say how honored and excited we at the Center—and throughout the Library of Congress—are that Joy Harjo will be our 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Today’s announcement has been […]

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Awards Grant to Academy of American Poets for “Teach This Poem”

Exciting news: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional program has just awarded a $20,000 grant to the Academy of American Poets to support the addition of resources from the Library’s collections to the Academy’s Teach This Poem series for the 2019-2020 school year. In celebration of this news, I asked Academy of American […]

Watch “Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet”

Yesterday, the Library of Congress celebrated Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday with a public open house in the Thomas Jefferson Building. From 2:30 to 5:00, the room buzzed with energy as Library staff showed off a host of rarely seen Whitman collection items from the Manuscript, Rare Book and Special Collections, Prints and Photographs, and Music […]

Walt Whitman in Popular Culture: When Can We Buy a Bobblehead?

The following guest post is by Abby Yochelson, Reference Specialist in the Main Reading Room, Researcher & Reference Services Division. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings […]