Capitol Hill Lit Report: Dana Gioia on “Poetry as Enchantment”

The following guest post is by Yvonne French, webmaster for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I enjoy poetry readings as much as the next English major, but I relish poetry lectures–so when I found out former National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia was going to talk about “Poetry […]

Family Poetry

The following is a guest post by Megan Armenti, Specialist, Congressional Research Service. When I first met my husband and From the Catbird Seat blogger–Peter Armenti–I was immediately drawn in by his sincere smile, warm personality, and quintessential shy librarian nature. I soon discovered that he held a deep-seated love for poetry, one that I didn’t fully […]

Walt Whitman’s War Work: Primary Sources in the English Classroom

The following is a guest post by Rebecca Newland, Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. It is cross posted on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. One way for teachers to engage students with poetry is to connect poems and poets to historical events. Students gain a deeper appreciation of poets […]

500 Columns and Counting: Celebrating Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry Project

In the first-half of the 20th century, “newspaper poets” such as Edgar A. Guest and Anne Campbell published massively popular syndicated poetry columns that touched the lives of millions of readers. In succeeding decades the written poem, subject to a variety of cultural and technological changes, gradually faded from the pages of mainstream print media […]

Remembered Lines

The following is a guest post by Ellen Terrell, a research and reference specialist in the Library’s Science, Technology, and Business Division. Ellen is a regular blogger for the Science, Technology, and Business Division’s Inside Adams blog. Last year my Inside Adams co-blogger Jennifer Harbster wrote a post for From the Catbird Seat about her […]

The Places that Connect Us

The following is a guest post by Matt Blakley, programs support assistant at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center. If you told me when I first fell in love with poetry that one day I’d work at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, there’s no way I would’ve believed you. I probably still wouldn’t believe […]