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“Every Artist Needs Some Good Luck, and Charles Wright Was Mine”: Getting to Know Bobby C. Rogers

Posted by: Matt Blakley

This week, Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers will come to the Library of Congress as the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship recipients. In advance of their evening Fellowship reading, the Poetry and Literature Center conducted e-mail interviews, below. Here is Bobby C. Rogers: Bobby C. Rogers is the author of Paper Anniversary (2010), winner of …

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“I’d Like to Give Him a Bear Hug!”: Getting to Know Emily Fragos

Posted by: Matt Blakley

Next week, Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers will come to the Library of Congress as the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship recipients. In advance of their evening Fellowship reading, the Poetry and Literature Center conducted e-mail interviews with each.   Emily Fragos is the author of two books of poems, including Hostage: New & Selected …

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“This is My Story”: Getting to Know Patricia Smith

Posted by: Matt Blakley

Next week, Patricia Smith will come to the Library of Congress as the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize in Poetry recipient. In advance of her opening reading for the Presidents Day Open House and her evening Prize reading, the Poetry and Literature Center conducted an e-mail interview, below: This is the second award Shoulda …

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Muriel Rukeyser and the Spanish Civil War

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a cross-post from the Insights: Scholarly Work at the John W. Kluge Center, from Program Specialist Jason Steinhauer. Poet and biographer Muriel Rukeyser documented and commented on the seismic events of the 20th century. In her five decades of writing, she captured her experiences as witness to racial inequality in America, the …

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A Terrific Beginning

Posted by: Robert Casper

On Thursday, September 25th, Charles Wright officially began his term as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress with a reading in the historic Coolidge Auditorium. There was a host of media coverage before and after the reading, including the following: A preview of the reading, by Book World editor …

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Displaying the Future, Celebrating our Laureate

Posted by: Robert Casper

Last Monday at 10:00 AM, Poetry and Literature Center staffer Matt Blakley and I went down to the second floor of the Jefferson Building with a cart of materials—wedges and stands, signs and cards, and a few precious objects. There we met with Leslie Girard, the LC staffer in charge of the Library’s new Agile …

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National Poetry Month and Bad King John

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following guest post is by Margaret Wood, a senior legal research specialist at the Library of Congress. It is cross posted on the Law Library’s blog, In Custodia Legis. Magna Carta is coming to the Library of Congress in November 2014! This document is regarded as being one of the foundations of representative government …

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In Praise of the Occasional Thursday Night Players

Posted by: Robert Casper

I am very lucky to be gainfully employed on behalf of literature. But as much as poems and stories are at the heart of my work time, mostly I’m focused on checking calendars and filling out forms and following up on e-mails. In fact, sometimes I need a reminder, or an excuse, to turn my …

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Lit Links for the Work Week

Posted by: Caitlin Rizzo

Salon has published a list of Six Most Influential Women Writers You’ve Never Heard Of. You may have a hard time tracking down these ladies in a books store (true to advertisement, I had never read any of their works), but a quick perusal through our catalog showed that they live on in our collections. …