“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” 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”: 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 […]

Keeping Up with the Laureate

These days, so much is going on with our Poet Laureate that it’s difficult for our office to keep up! I’m off to Maine in just a few days for the third trip in Tracy’s “American Conversations” fall tour. Our first such trip to Alaska is featured online; pictures, interviews, and other content from our […]