News from the Library of Congress

Below are some recent posts from The Catbird Seat in the Division of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress. Enjoy!

  • “How Do I Read a Poem?” with Tracy K. Smith
    by Anne Holmes on September 12, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    The following is a piece written by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as part of the Library of Congress Magazine’s “How Do I?” series. It is reprinted from the September–October back-to-school issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The issue is available in its entirety online. Like a stranger in somebody else’s home, I […]

  • Beginning with Poetry
    by Peter Armenti on September 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. One way to show students the importance of poetry is to start sharing poems at the beginning of the school year, even perhaps on the […]

  • “Memory at its Core”: An Interview with Celeste Ng
    by Anne Holmes on August 29, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Six years ago, the Poetry and Literature Center celebrated its historic 75th anniversary by introducing a host of new online features, including its Interview Series. Between 2012 and 2015, the Center’s staff, interns, and friends across the Library of Congress engaged 16 emerging and established literary writers in dynamic and thought-provoking conversation. Over the past year, with […]

  • Poems for Transition: Goodbye to the PLC from Intern Maya Arthur
    by Anne Holmes on August 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    The following is a guest post by Maya Arthur, a summer 2018 intern in the Poetry and Literature Center. One of my favorite things to look out for when reading and listening to poetry is the transition. Whether the line breaks with an em dash, or carries over as an enjambment, or there’s a pause […]

  • What’s New at the Poetry and Literature Center
    by Anne Holmes on August 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    As the end of summer draws near, we’re ramping up for our fall event season here at the Poetry and Literature Center. Check out our “Upcoming Events” page for newly added programs, and stay tuned in the coming weeks for even more! Next Thursday, August 30, we kick off the season with an appointment ceremony […]

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