Kevin Young’s “Crowning”

Kevin Young is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), which won an American Book Award, and Book of Hours (forthcoming in 2014). He is also the editor of eight other collections, most recently The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink and The Collected […]

Marilyn Chin is a “Witness to History”

Next Wedensday, May 1st, Marilyn Chin will join poets Brenda Shaughnessy,Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, and Kevin Young in “Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force,” a reading to celebrate Natasha Trethewey’s year as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. Chin, like Monday’s featured poet Patricia Smith, was selected by Trethewey as a […]

“I’m looking for…”

The following is a guest post by Abby Yochelson, English and American Literature Reference specialist at the Library of Congress’s Main Reading Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Can you help me find a novel I read about twenty years ago about time travel back to the dinosaur age?  I’m trying to find a poem […]

Visitors Welcome

As I discussed in my last blog, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey began her residency by creating “Office Hours”—times when the public can visit her. The office has been busy scheduling the many requests she has already received, from poetry lovers of all ages. We have nailed down a schedule, and though many […]

Moving In and Moving Forward

The last couple of weeks have been busy at the Poetry and Literature Center. First, we kicked off our spring season with a our Bobbitt Prize reading, featuring Gerald Stern. Then a week later our Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Natasha Trethewey, gave a reading and talk in conjunction with the Library’s “Civil War in […]