Final Podcast Episode: Making “American Conversations” in Kentucky

We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the origins of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” project with us on the From the Catbird Seat podcast these past few weeks. Today’s announcement is bittersweet: The third and final episode of our “Making ‘American Conversations’” series is now online. You can listen and subscribe via our podcast page, iTunes, […]

On the Podcast: Making “American Conversations” in South Carolina

Good news for your ears: Episode two of the “Making ‘American Conversations’” series on our From the Catbird Seat podcast is now online! Tune in and subscribe via our podcast page, iTunes, or the podcasting app you prefer. On this episode, you’ll learn more about the origins of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” project through […]

New Podcast Episode on Making “American Conversations” Launches Today!

To say that it’s been a busy year for Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith would be an understatement. Just last month she concluded her second-term project, “American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities,” with a visit to southern Louisiana—her fourth state visit since August. We hope you’ve been following along on the blog and on […]

“American Conversations” in Louisiana

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 Louisiana from December 14-15, 2018.  Louisiana was the final stop in the “American Conversations” project […]

“American Conversations” in Maine

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” […]

“American Conversations” in South Dakota

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 […]

“American Conversations”: Alaska Content Now Online!

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 […]

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Launches “American Conversations”

At the end of this month, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will kick off her second-year project, “American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities,” with visits to communities around the state of Alaska. In the coming months, coordinated with Center for the Book state affiliates, she’ll also travel to rural communities in South Dakota, Maine, […]

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

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 […]