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La Casa de Colores, Hosted by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2015-

Welcome to El Jardín (The Garden)! Get inspired by primary resources from the Library’s collections. For each item below:

  • come with me to visit historic beauties at the Library of Congress, and meet the curator too;
  • read the curator’s description of these magnificent findings, along with links so you can go further;
  • read a poem response from me, which you can replicate in your own words.

History awaits us—let’s step into word-art. Explore and experiment until a poem is born. As a matter of fact, we can start a La Casa de Colores poetry folder and add a new poem every month. Help me bring the wealth of knowledge in our nation’s library to life, through your poetry.

¡Viva El Jardín!

El Jardín featured items from the Library of Congress

Graphic Art by ASARO and Herrera's "Automatika" Series

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Katherine Blood

August 31, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the Prints & Photographs Division and discusses graphic art from Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca as well as his own drawing/artist book from his Automatika series, with Fine Prints curator Katherine Blood. Watch the webcast and read a poem response from the Poet Laureate. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Mission Gráfica/La Raza, San Quentin Arts, and Elizabeth Catlett Collections

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Katherine Blood

July 15, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the Prints & Photographs Division and discusses graphic art from the Library’s Mission Gráfica/La Raza and San Quentin Arts collections as well as “Gossip” by Elizabeth Catlett with Fine Prints curator Katherine Blood. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

The Ediciones Vigía Collection

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Georgette Dorn

June 15, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the Hispanic Division of Congress and discusses some rare Cuban treasures from the Ediciones Vigía Collection with Chief, Georgette Dorn. Watch the webcast and read a poem response from the Poet Laureate. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Don Quixote & Pablo Neruda Collections

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Nathan Dorn

May 15, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the Hispanic Division of Congress and discusses the Don Quixote & Pablo Neruda Collections with Reference Specialist, Juan Manuel Pérez. Watch the webcast and read a poem response from the Poet Laureate. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

The Hispanic Law Collection

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Nathan Dorn

April 15, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits The Law Library of Congress and discusses the Hispanic Law Collection with Curator of Rare Books, Nathan Dorn. Watch the webcast and read a poem response from the Poet Laureate. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate's poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Sylvester & Orphanos Publishers Archives

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Catalina Gómez

March 15, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the Rare Book & and Special Collections Division and discusses the Sylvester & Orphanos Publishers Archives and the Poets Laureate Collection with curator Mark Manivong. Watch the webcast and read a poem response from the Poet Laureate. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate's poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Huexotzinco Codex

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Catalina Gómez

February 15, 2016
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera continues his Library-wide tour as part of the "La Casa de Colores" campaign when he discovers the unusual story behind the Huexotzinco Codex with reference librarian Catalina Gómez. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate's poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Lincoln Campaign Poster & Prayer Rug for America

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Todd Harvey

January 15, 2016
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the Prints & Photographs Division and discusses a Lincoln Campaign Poster & Helen Zughaib’s "Prayer Rug for America" with Fine Prints curator Katherine Blood. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate's poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Woody Guthrie, Folk Song Pioneer

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Todd Harvey

December 15, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the American Folklife Center and discusses Woody Guthrie and the Alan Lomax Collection with curator Todd Harvey. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

Literatura de Cordel

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Margaret Kruesi

November 15, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the American Folklife Center and discusses Literatura de Cordel with curator Margaret Kruesi. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator

WPA California Folk Music Collection

View webcast of Juan Felipe Herrera with Cathy Kerst

October 15, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera visits the American Folklife Center and discusses the WPA California Folk Music Project Collection with curator Cathy Kerst. View the webcast, read the Poet Laureate’s poem response, and learn more about the collection from the curator