From Foxhole to Foxhole: A D-Day Experience through Poetry

From Foxhole to Foxhole: A D-Day Experience through Poetry The following is a guest post by Matt Blakley, programs support assistant at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center. Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. If you are around Capitol Hill, please take a moment to stop by the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and view […]

Was Maya Angelou a Poet Laureate? Yes and No.

The death of American poet, writer, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has been widely covered by mainstream media, and thousands of heartfelt tributes and expressions of sorrow from admirers worldwide continue to pour in through social media. While all aspects of Angelou’s varied career have been the subject of recent discussion—including her early performances […]

Tonight’s the Night!

It’s hard to believe that tonight Natasha Trethewey will conclude her laureateship. Just to remind you, here are the details: Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 PM POET LAUREATE FINAL LECTURE Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture to conclude her second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library […]

Dude, It’s Still National Poetry Month?

The online magazine Slate recently featured a fascinating piece on the etymology of the word dude. Contrary to its modern usage as an informal word for your regular, Average Joe guy, in its original late-19th century context a dude typically referred to an effete, vacuous young man of affected manners and dress. In other words, […]

Laureate Projects Present and Past

Tonight the next segment of Natasha Trethewey’s second-year project, “Where Poetry Lives,” airs on the PBS NewsHour. For this segment, Natasha traveled to her native Mississippi to participate in the 14th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage, led by Congressman John Lewis. This segment marks a turn for the project: the first four highlighted poetry programs with […]

National Poetry Month and Bad King John

The following guest post is by Margaret Wood, a senior legal research specialist at the Library of Congress. It is cross posted on the Law Library’s blog, In Custodia Legis. Magna Carta is coming to the Library of Congress in November 2014! This document is regarded as being one of the foundations of representative government […]

Happy 100th Birthday to Octavio Paz

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, program coordinator in the Library of Congress Hispanic Division. The Poetry and Literature Center and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress join today in commemorating of the centennial of one of Latin America’s most beloved literary figures: the poet, essayist, journalist, and towering figure […]

Finding “Where Poetry Lives”

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s second-term project, “Where Poetry Lives,” has offered her the opportunity to see first-hand how poetry strengthens our communities. She has travelled from coast-to-coast and met people from different backgrounds and at different parts of their lives, all of whom connected to her and to each other through the art. I wrote […]

Kluge Center Spotlight: Arun Sood on Robert Burns

The following is a guest post by Jason Michael David Steinhauer, program specialist in the Library of Congress Office of Scholarly Programs. The John W. Kluge Center welcomes promising young scholars from the United Kingdom to conduct research at the Library of Congress. The scholars—all currently pursuing doctorate degrees—are funded by the Arts and Humanities […]