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 […]

“The Poet Diaries”: A National Poetry Month Farewell

The following is a guest post by the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. This is the conclusion in a series of monthly blog posts that Amanda contributed during her 2017-2018 laureateship.  Can you believe that this is my last “Poet Diaries” post? That it is National Poetry Month already? That we are just around the […]

New Recordings Online for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is here, and we’re over the moon to announce the release of 50 additional recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, now available to stream online. The archive—a collection dating back to 1943, when Allen Tate was Consultant in Poetry—contains nearly 2,000 audio recordings of celebrated poets and writers participating […]

Read Poetry to Gain Quiet and Reflection in a Hectic World

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. With all of the busyness of life brought about by course load, extracurricular activities, and employment, as well as the influx of news and media […]

The Visual Poetry of Grace Hartigan

The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Prints & Photographs Division. Encounters between poetry and visual art comprise a rich vein of creativity in the collections of the Library of Congress—home to the Poetry and Literature Center and world class collections of artists’ prints and books, as well as […]

Poetry Centers Promoting Poetry Together

The following is a post by Rob Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center. Last fall, I was honored to travel to Arizona to participate in the Poetry Coalition’s annual gathering. The coalition, which numbers more than 20 members in 11 cities across the country, was founded three years ago to raise the profile […]