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Happy New Year from the PLC

Posted by: Anne Holmes

A new year is upon us, which brings with it reflections on the year behind us. We at the PLC thank you, our readers and audiences, for a literary year to remember, and offer you best wishes for the year to come. And now, the inevitable question: How will you be ringing in the new …

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Literary Treasures: Philip Levine Closes the Literary Season (2012)

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following post 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 of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the Library’s …

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The Poet Laureate Meets the Librarian of Congress

Posted by: Robert Casper

Here’s a fun fact: the current Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera, is in the unusual position of pre-dating our current Librarian of Congress! Herrera was appointed by the previous Librarian, James H. Billington, and he was re-appointed by acting Librarian David Mao back in April—five months before the swearing-in of Dr. Carla …

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New “Catalina Neon” Chapter and Prompt!

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Greetings, neonis! We’re thrilled to announce that Chapter Two of “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” is now online for your reading and listening pleasure and participation. In the month following Catalina’s debut, submissions from second and third grade librarians and students across the country flooded our inbox and senses, continuing Catalina’s adventures in winding, …

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Introducing “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon”!

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Our energy is truly buzzing today as we debut “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon,” U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s second-term online project. “Catalina Neon” is a bilingual, illustrated, narrative poem that follows young Catalina as she navigates her “neonized” world. The most exciting and important part of this project is its collaborative nature: …

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Literary Treasures: Louise Glück Concludes Her Term as Poet Laureate (2004)

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures, ” which champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting 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 of the greatest poets and writers from the past …

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Commencement Addresses by U.S. Poets Laureate

Posted by: Peter Armenti

It’s commencement season across college and university campuses, which can mean only one thing: celebrities, politicians, business executives, famous graduates, and other notable citizens invited to address the current crop of graduates have wrestled with the best way to share their experience, advice, and encouragement while avoiding the clichés and truisms that often are the …