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Join us online for two National Poetry Month programs

Posted by: Peter Armenti

April is always a big month for poetry programming at the Library of Congress. Among the many on-campus events scheduled for the month of note, one standout occurs on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, when Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will celebrate the conclusion of his term as Laureate. To complement …

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Literary Treasures: 21st Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera

Posted by: Matt Blakley

The following post is part of our From the Catbird Seat series, “Literary Treasures.” The monthly series champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some …

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Literary Treasures: 2012 Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading

Posted by: Matt Blakley

The following post is part of our From the Catbird Seat series, “Literary Treasures.” The monthly series champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some …

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“This is the Conversation”: Getting to Know Allison Hedge Coke

Posted by: Matt Blakley

Next week, Wednesday, March 9th, Allison Hedge Coke will come to the Library of Congress as the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship recipient. In advance of her evening Fellowship reading, the Poetry and Literature Center conducted an e-mail interview with her. Allison Hedge Coke is the author of four poetry collections: Streaming (2015); Blood Run (2006 …

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Gene Luen Yang Inaugurated as Fifth National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature

Posted by: Peter Armenti

“I am a nerd.” With that admission, Gene Luen Yang launched into a humorous, inspirational, and self-illustrated talk in the lead-up to his inauguration yesterday as the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Yang is the first Asian American and first graphic novelist to serve as the National Ambassador. The mission of the position, …

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State Poets Update: Delaware Doubles Down on Poetry with Appointment of the Twin Poets

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Delaware’s poetry lovers could be excused for doing a double take Wednesday evening. After all, Governor Jack Markell had just made an unprecedented announcement: identical twins Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills, known as the Twin Poets, would share the title of 17th Poets Laureate of the State of Delaware. The appointment marks the first time …

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5 Under 35 and What it Means to Be an Emerging Writer

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Benjamin Samuel, program manager of the National Book Foundation—presenting partners at tomorrow’s “5 Under 35” panel and reading at the Library’s Montpelier Room. At the National Book Foundation, we often say our 5 Under 35 Honorees are young emerging writers who are poised to make a lasting impression …

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Nohemi—A Song for Paris

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest blog by Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. Sometimes all we have is the little song in our heart—the one responsible for lighting the way in times of trouble. The size of the trouble does not matter because the size of …