“Poetry Nation”: March/April Issue of Library of Congress Magazine Dons Laurels

Finding it hard to scratch that poetry itch during the lead-up to National Poetry Month? We’ve got the balm you need! The March/April issue of Library of Congress Magazine (LCM), released online today, shines a spotlight on the Library’s poetry-related activities, services, and collections. Among the topics of the articles and features in the poetry-themed […]

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

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 […]

To Phil

In mid-January, I got a call from Charles Wright to let me know that Philip Levine had cancer. I was shocked–less than a month before, my wife and I had our annual end-of-year get-together with the Levines. We went over to their Brooklyn Heights apartment–Phil’s wife Franny made dinner, and we brought over our usual […]

“Wild to be loved”: The Poetry of President Warren G. Harding

When most of us consider the relationship between U.S. presidents and poetry, we’re likely to conjure up scenes of poets reading at presidential inaugurations or of presidents quoting lines of verse in public speeches and addresses. Few of us, however, give any thought to the achievement of presidents as poets. Yet a look at the biographies […]

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

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 […]

Teacher’s Corner: Using Poetry to Teach the Importance of Word Choice

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. In my high school English classroom, we studied not only literature, but also writing. Students usually came to me competent in the fundamentals of persuasive and expository composition, but they gave little thought […]

Christmas Greetings from Robert Frost

Among the many materials in the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division that focus on book design and fine printing are nearly two-dozen small chapbooks popularly known as Robert Frost‘s “Christmas Cards.” The chapbooks, first issued in 1929 and annually from 1934-1962, are collectible curiosities. While you might expect each one to feature a […]