Literary Treasures: Chilean Poet Nicanor Parra Reading from his Work

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, a reference librarian in the Library’s Hispanic Division. It 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 […]

“What’s Your Equation?”: Jacqueline Woodson Inaugurated as Sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

The following is a guest post by Phebe Miner, a 2017-18 intern in the Poetry and Literature Center. When students from Brookland Middle School in northeast D.C. were invited to participate in a Q&A with the newly inaugurated National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the first question elicited laughter from the rest of the audience. Sixth-grader […]

Phillis Wheatley: A First for Verse in America

The following post is reprinted from the January–February issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The issue is available in its entirety online. Thoughts on the Works of Providence ARISE, my soul, on wings enraptur’d, rise To praise the monarch of the earth and skies, Whose goodness and beneficence appear As round its centre moves […]

Still Need a New Year’s Resolution? Read a Poem a Day!

We’re just a few days into 2018, which means there’s still plenty of time to fine-tune your goals and wishes for the year. While I don’t exactly have the best track record of seeing through particularly ambitious resolutions, I’ve found that setting small, creative aspirations for the year tend to be the most achievable and […]

A Rare Discovery in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

The following is a guest post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division. It originally appeared on the 4 Corners of the World: International Collections blog. The Library of Congress’ collections are so immense that it does not matter how long you have been working here, you only come to know a very tiny fraction […]

Introducing Students to Poetry through the Work of Emily Dickinson

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Sometimes just the look of a long poem intimidates students. One way to ease their misgivings may be to present poems that are visually brief, […]

Looking Ahead to 2018 Events

As 2017 comes to an end, we’re excited to share what the Poetry and Literature Center has in store for the first half of 2018: For those on the West Coast, catch National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis at the Los Angeles Central Library on Saturday, January 13. The […]