Poetry of America: Denise Levertov and Gwendolyn Brooks

Here’s some good news for your Thursday: We’ve added two new recordings to our online “Poetry of America” series. Join Juan Felipe Herrera as he reads and discusses Denise Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”  and Patricia Spears Jones as she reads and discusses Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell.” The […]

“I don’t understand it”: Why you should read our newly relaunched poetry interview series

The following is a guest post by Anastasia Nikolis, the poetry editor for our newly relaunched Interview Series. Poetry has a reputation of being eccentric and esoteric; of being stunningly opaque but deeply meaningful. This is why people say they “don’t understand it,” won’t often read it, and more often turn to poems at times […]

Beginning with Poetry

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. One way to show students the importance of poetry is to start sharing poems at the beginning of the school year, even perhaps on the […]

Now Online: Five Additional “Poetry of America” Recordings

Last month, we kicked off our refreshed “Poetry of America” series with five new recordings. The series, originally launched in 2013 as a counterpart to the Library of Congress’ “Songs of America” project, comprises field recordings from contemporary American poets. Over the years, we’ve asked poets to choose a singular poem written by another American poet from […]

An Ode to Poetry at the Capitol

The following is a post by Michelle Strizever, photography and digital content specialist in the Office of Art and Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives. It originally appeared on the House History, Art & Archives blog. During a Joint Meeting honoring the bicentennial of Congress in 1989, Minority Leader Robert Michel of Illinois suggested that what Congress needed […]

Refreshing the “Poetry of America” Series: Five New Recordings Added

It’s been an exciting spring and summer for digital initiatives at the Poetry and Literature Center. Over the past few months, we’ve released streaming audio of 50 newly digitized recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, and we’ve aired the first full season of the PLC’s inaugural podcast series. Today, we kick off […]

Nominations Open for 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry

Attention, poetry publishers: The Library of Congress is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry! The $10,000 prize, first awarded to James Merrill in 1990 for The Inner Room, is given biennially to an American poet for the most distinguished book of poetry published during the previous two years—2016 and […]

New Podcast Episode: Juan Felipe Herrera and the National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam

For your listening pleasure, the sixth episode of From the Catbird Seat—our new poetry podcast series—is up on our website and on iTunes. In this sixth installment, we revisit the 2015 Youth Poetry Slam at the National Book Festival. The Youth Poetry Slam event debuted at the Festival just a year earlier, in 2014, as […]

New Podcast Episode: Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry

It’s Thursday, which means we’re bringing you another episode of From the Catbird Seat, our new poetry podcast series! In this third episode, we check in with the three jurors of the 2016 Rebekah Bobbitt Johnson National Prize for Poetry: Mary Szybist, appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden; Danielle Legros Georges, appointed by Poet Laureate […]