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“American Conversations” in Maine

Posted by: Anne Holmes

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” …

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Jorie Graham, 2018 Bobbitt Prize Winner

Posted by: Anne Holmes

This Thursday, December 6, at the Library of Congress, Jorie Graham will receive the 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and read selections from her 2017 winning collection Fast. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Free tickets are still …

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Poetry of America: Denise Levertov and Gwendolyn Brooks

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Here’s some good news for your Thursday: We’ve added two new recordings to our online “Poetry of America” series. Join Juan Felipe Herrera as he reads and discusses Denise Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”  and Patricia Spears Jones as she reads and discusses Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell.” The …

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Poet-Critics at the People’s Library

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following guest post is by poet and critic Matthew Zapruder, co-founder of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. Matthew Zapruder will join poet-critics Maureen McLane and Srikanth Reddy for a discussion on the role of criticism in contemporary American poetry next Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the …

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“American Conversations”: Alaska Content Now Online!

Posted by: Anne Holmes

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 …

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Announcing “The Slowdown” with Tracy K. Smith

Posted by: Anne Holmes

With her “American Conversations” project in full swing, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is keeping busy on the road—she kicked off the tour in rural Alaska at the end of August, and today she will travel to communities in South Dakota. In the coming weeks, we’ll announce public events for her remaining fall trips …

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“Memory at its Core”: An Interview with Celeste Ng

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Six years ago, the Poetry and Literature Center celebrated its historic 75th anniversary by introducing a host of new online features, including its Interview Series. Between 2012 and 2015, the Center’s staff, interns, and friends across the Library of Congress engaged 16 emerging and established literary writers in dynamic and thought-provoking conversation. Over the past year, with …

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Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Launches “American Conversations”

Posted by: Anne Holmes

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, …