Tune In Tonight!

Hello and happy 2014 from the Poetry and Literature Center. If you’re free this evening, please tune into the PBS NewsHour—the program will include the third segment from Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s signature project, “Where Poetry Lives,” a series of on-locations reports the Laureate is participating in with Jeffrey Brown, the NewsHour’s Chief Correspondent for […]

Poetry in the School Library

The following is a guest post by Rebeca Newland, the Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress for 2013-14. Most students leave high school having studied Shakespeare, the howls of Beowulf and Grendel in battle, and a smattering of American poets. Beyond the study of canonical poems and poets, how can we foster a […]

Hello Poetry Lovers!

The following is a guest post by William Thompson, administrative specialist for the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. My name is Brock Thompson, and this fall I’ve started working as the program coordinator for the Poetry and Literature Center. A native of Toad Suck, Arkansas, and an historian by trade, I am so delighted […]

Kluge Center Spotlight: Francesca Bratton on Hart Crane

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 […]

A Thanksgiving Poem for Lincoln

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation that declared “the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Lincoln’s famous Thanksgiving Day proclamation was in large part undertaken at the urging of  Sarah Josepha Hale—poet, novelist, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, and, lest we forget, author of the […]