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!

  • Literary Treasures: Remembering W. S. Merwin, 1927-2019
    by Anne Holmes on March 22, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. By showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the Library’s […]

  • Behind “Climate Change, Nature, and the Writer’s Eye”: Q&A with Marie Arana, Literary Advisor to the Librarian of Congress
    by Rob Casper on March 19, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Tomorrow, March 20, the Library of Congress will host “Climate Change, Nature, and the Writer’s Eye,” a program honoring 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Annie Proulx. In anticipation, I asked Marie Arana—the coordinator of the prize, literary advisor to the Librarian of Congress, and literary director of the National Book Festival—a […]

  • Springing into March Events
    by Anne Holmes on March 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    There’s a whiff of spring in the air here in D.C., and we at the Poetry and Literature Center are excited to keep up that seasonal momentum with some celebratory March events. We hope you’ll join us! This Thursday, March 14, Kenyan author and 2018 Caine Prize winner Makena Onjerika will read from her prize-winning short […]

  • Poetry of Nature
    by Peter Armenti on February 27, 2019 at 4:00 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. In last month’s blog post I discussed how to engage students from different locales in reading and writing “Poetry of the City.” This month, my […]

  • Alfred the Great, Thomas Jefferson, and Cable TV: Ninth-Century Anglo-Saxon and Latin Literature in Popular Television Shows and at the Library
    by Peter Armenti on February 22, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    The following is a guest post by Mark F. Hall, a research specialist in the Library of Congress’s Researcher and Reference Services Division. The history and culture of Medieval Europe in general, and Britain in particular, have figured prominently in recent popular culture. Inspired perhaps by the popularity of the medieval-themed HBO fantasy show Game […]