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About the Poetry and Literature Center

The Library of Congress founded the Poetry and Literature Center in 1937 to foster and enhance the public's appreciation of literature. Since its inception, the Poetry and Literature Center has worked to increase the visibility of poetry and fiction through public readings, panel discussions, lectures, and through prestigious awards and fellowships.

The founding benefactors, Archer M. Huntington and Gertrude Clarke Whittall, established endowments that fund some of the Poetry and Literature Center’s public programming including the signature position, the laureateship. Their gifts were made to fulfill the vision of the Library of Congress as the nation’s center for premier programs and resources that celebrate timeless writing.

Support the Poetry and Literature Center

You can help the Library of Congress continue to present engaging public programming, free of charge, to promote poetry and literature by becoming a Friend of the Poetry and Literature Center. Join today and champion literature as an essential part of our nation’s past, present, and future.

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