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  • Poet Laureate Donald Hall Opens the Literary Season

    Donald Hall opened the Library's 2006-07 literary season with a reading of poems from his book "White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006" (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

    • Contributor: Hall, Donald
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-10-03
  • Robert Hass: 2010 River of Words Ceremony

    River of Words (ROW) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy, creative expression and community awareness of our most critical environmental concern: water. River of Words was co-founded by U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997) Robert Hass and writer Pamela Michael to help young people make a personal and lasting connection to the environment.

    • Contributor: Hass , Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-06-30
  • Interview with Cornelius Eady

    Grace Cavalieri interviews Cornelius Eady for the Library's Poet and the Poem Series.

    • Contributor: Eady, Cornelius
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2003-09-24
  • Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading: Emily Fragos & Bobby C. Rogers

    Charles Wright introduces the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellows, poets Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers, who read selections from their work.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2015-03-12
  • Poetry and the Stars

    Elizabeth Arnold reads from her own work as well as favorite poems with astronomical themes, followed by a moderated discussion.

    • Contributor: Arnold, Elizabeth
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-09
  • The Beast: How Poetry Makes Us Human

    Dorothea Lasky, the inaugural Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry, discussing humanizing aspects of verse.

    • Contributor: Lasky, Dorothea
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-12-05
  • Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Opens the Literary Season

    W.S. Merwin, the newly-announced 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, an undisputed master who has won nearly every major literary award, opens the Library's 2010-2011 literary season with a reading of his poetry.

    • Contributor: Merwin, W.S.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-10-25
  • Jane Shore and Dabney Stuart Poetry Reading

    The Library's fall literary season continued with readings by poets Jane Shore and Dabney Stuart.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-10-23
  • Terrance Hayes

    As part of the ongoing series, Terrance Hayes gives a lecture on poetry.

    • Contributor: Hayes, Terrance
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2015-01-22
  • Rita Dove Reads Her Poetry

    Rita Dove reads her poems and discusses their sources with a small group of students. The poems are selected from Thomas and Beulah (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1986) which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and from her earlier books: The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983), and a book of short stories: Fifth Sunday (University Press of Virginia, 1985).

    • Contributor: Dove, Rita
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1989-01-26
  • Interview with Michael Collier

    Grace Cavalieri interviews Michael Collier for the Library's Poet and the Poem Series.

    • Contributor: Collier, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2003-12-05
  • Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2011

    Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin chose two seasoned voices in poetry, Forrest Gander and Robert Bringhurst, to receive the 2011 Witter Bynner Fellowships, and introduced the poets at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. Gander and Bringhurst each received a $7,500 fellowship, provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. This is the 14th year the fellowships ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-21
  • Literary Birthday Celebration: Countee Cullen

    Poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Tim Seibles will celebrate the birthday of American poet Countee Cullen by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-05-30
  • Lucille Clifton Reads Her Poetry

    Lucille Clifton won the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry for her book Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2000). She has written 10 collections of poetry and 19 children's books.

    • Contributor: Clifton, Lucille
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1988-03-17
  • Conversation with Rosanne Cash & Natasha Trethewey

    Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey discusses music, poetry and creativity with country musician Rosanne Cash.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-12-07
  • Tennessee Williams Literary Birthday Celebration

    William Jay Smith, former Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, reads from his memoir My Friend Tom about American playwright Tennessee Williams, on Williams' birthday.

    • Contributor: Smith, William Jay
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-03-26
  • Poetry in Translation

    A poetry reading by poet Robert Pinsky and translated by Alberto Ambroggio.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-10-07
  • International Literature: Christian Jungersen

    Christian Jungersen reads and discusses his novel "You Disappear."

    • Contributor: Jungersen, Christian
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2015-03-12
  • Nigerian Writer A. Igoni Barrett

    Nigerian writer A. Igoni Barrett reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.

    • Contributor: Barrett, A. Igoni
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-05-08
  • Poetry Reading by James Tate and Jorie Graham

    U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic introduced Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Jorie Graham and James Tate, who read from their works. Graham's latest book is the widely acclaimed "Overlord: Poems" and Tate's latest collection is "Return to the City of White Donkeys." Both poets are unusual in their approach to poetry--Graham for her loquacious lines and artistic investigation of topical themes and Tate for his surreal ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-12-06
  • Poetry in the Public Sphere

    Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000, returned to the Library of Congress to host an event celebrating poetry in public life.

    • Contributor: Pinsky, Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2002-05-13
  • 2010 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry

    Lucia Perillo, winner of the 2010 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, reads from her book "Inseminating the Elephant," at the awards ceremony. The 2010 prize, the 11th to be given, is awarded for the most distinguished book of poetry published in the preceding two years, 2008 and 2009. "Inseminating the Elephant" was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2009.

    • Contributor: Perillo, Lucia
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-13
  • Poetry as Enchantment

    Dana Gioia discusses the relationship between poetry and music and explore the ways in which poetry achieves its special expressive power.

    • Contributor: Gioia, Dana
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-10-14
  • Interview with George Bilgere

    Grace Cavalieri interviews Witter Bynner fellow George Bilgere for Poet and the Poem series.

    • Contributor: Bilgere, George
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2002-04-04
  • Walt Whitman: Literary Birthday Celebration

    Poets Joshua Beckman and Stanley Plumly celebrate the birthday of American poet Walt Whitman by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-31