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Our Online Audio Archives Find New Audiences

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Library’s Hispanic Division. It’s extremely gratifying to learn that the public is taking advantage of and using the cultural treasures that we work hard to make available digitally here at the Library of Congress. Making a unique photo or a rare recording …

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Greetings from the Catbird Seat

Posted by: Anne Holmes

I am over the moon to join the Poetry and Literature Center and to introduce myself on “From the Catbird Seat.” Originally from mid-Michigan, I just landed in Washington, D.C., from Western Massachusetts—the place I’ve called home for nearly a decade. Years ago, while completing my MFA in poetry at UMass Amherst, I also worked …

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“To Find Our Larger Self”: An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera

Posted by: Matt Blakley

As a follow-up to the publication of “@ the Crossroads—A Sudden Poem”—written by our Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and originally published as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series on July 10th—Poetry and Literature Center Head Robert Casper conducted an interview over e-mail with the Poet Laureate. — The U.S. Poet Laureate is not required to write …

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“@ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem” by 21st Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Posted by: Matt Blakley

A quick post to enclose the below, which was written by our Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and originally published as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series yesterday, July 10th. @ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem Juan Felipe Herrera, 1948 . RIP Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, …

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Capital Pride LGBT Poetry Event Webcast

Posted by: Matt Blakley

Hello again! A happy note to let you know that we were able to get the webcast for our 2014 LGBT literary program up, which I referenced earlier this month as part of From the Catbird’s Seat’s “Literary Treasures” series. You can view it by either finding it below or visiting the Library’s webcast webpage. …

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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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“Es mi Familia”: La Familia Word Cloud

Posted by: Matt Blakley

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s year-long epic poem project, “La Familia,” which has been going strong since mid-September, has reached its halfway point. Is there a better way to celebrate this milestone, we asked ourselves, than by putting your submissions into a word cloud generator? Well, no. So we did it! Check out the results …