“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 […]

Richard Blanco’s Inaugural Poem: “One Today”

Leading up to his performance at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration, Richard Blanco’s biography—he is the first openly gay and first Latino Inaugural Poet—was the focus of the media. Last Monday, however, Blanco finally had a chance to let his poetry take center stage. Blanco’s inaugural poem, “One Today,” was and is a celebration of […]

State Poets Laureate Roundup

Although 2013 is less than two weeks old, poetry—not typically known for garnering national attention—has already managed to capture headlines across the country with the announcement that Richard Blanco will serve as the inaugural poet for Barack Obama. Mr. Blanco will be only the fifth inaugural poet, an honor first given to former Consultant in […]