Meet Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: Press Roundup

Since Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden’s announcement last week, 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Joy Harjo has been juggling a pretty full media schedule: In the past nine days, numerous articles and interviews have appeared online, in print, on TV and radio airwaves featuring Joy and her historic appointment as the first Native American laureate. […]

Hooray for Joy!

Today is one of the biggest days of the year for the Poetry and Literature Center—it’s the day of the Poet Laureate announcement. I want to say how honored and excited we at the Center—and throughout the Library of Congress—are that Joy Harjo will be our 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Today’s announcement has been […]

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Awards Grant to Academy of American Poets for “Teach This Poem”

Exciting news: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional program has just awarded a $20,000 grant to the Academy of American Poets to support the addition of resources from the Library’s collections to the Academy’s Teach This Poem series for the 2019-2020 school year. In celebration of this news, I asked Academy of American […]

Watch “Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet”

Yesterday, the Library of Congress celebrated Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday with a public open house in the Thomas Jefferson Building. From 2:30 to 5:00, the room buzzed with energy as Library staff showed off a host of rarely seen Whitman collection items from the Manuscript, Rare Book and Special Collections, Prints and Photographs, and Music […]

Walt Whitman in Popular Culture: When Can We Buy a Bobblehead?

The following guest post is by Abby Yochelson, Reference Specialist in the Main Reading Room, Researcher & Reference Services Division. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings […]

Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Legacy at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center on June 1 (Tomorrow!)

The following guest post is by Sasha Dowdy, program specialist in the Library’s Young Readers Center. To have great poets, there must be great audiences. So said Walt Whitman, the famous 19th century American poet born on this day in 1819. And most would say Whitman became that great poet with even greater audiences: Whitman […]

Hear it at the Library: The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Performs a New Work Inspired by Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman”

The following guest post is by Anne McLean, Senior Producer for Concerts and Special Projects in the Library’s Music Division. Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the […]