Pop Life: Literature and Culture
The Prize for American Fiction spring event features longtime friends Colson Whitehead and Kevin Young, a poet and the new director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in a lively conversation on how pop culture influences art. Moderated by best-selling author and pop culture expert Isaac Fitzgerald.
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On the Road with Jason Reynolds
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds discussed his ambassadorship, including his recent "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story" virtual tour, with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Through his platform, "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story," Reynolds has directed his focus as ambassador by empowering students to embrace and share their own personal stories.
Hayden, Carla D. - Reynolds, Jason
2020 Bobbitt Prize: Terrance Hayes & Natasha Trethewey
The biennial Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry was given in 2020 to Terrance Hayes for his poetry collection "American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin" and to former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for lifetime achievement. The winners read from their work, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden conferred the prize.
Celebrating Poetry Month (Online Office Hours)
Join us for a special conversation on poetry resources to kick off our celebration of National Poetry Month. Rebecca Newland, former Teacher in Residence and Peter Armenti, literature specialist at the Library, will talk all things LOC poetry and literature.
Newland, Rebecca - Armenti, Peter - McGuigan, Kathleen
Life of a Poet: Willie Perdomo
Washington Post book critic Ron Charles spoke with poet Willie Perdomo about his career and the major events that have shaped his work.
Charles, Ron - Betts, Reginald Dwayne
National Book Festival Presents Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo begins her formal duties as the new U.S. poet laureate with an inaugural reading and musical performance of her work at the Library, including from her new book of poetry, "An American Sunrise." In addition to reading from her repertoire of poems spanning a 40-year career, Harjo, an award-winning musician, also will perform with bassist Howard Cloud, keyboardist Robert Muller and guitarist...
2019 Asian American Literature Festival
Four events at the Library of Congress celebrated Asian American literature during a three-day city-wide festival. Novelist Monique Truong gave a personal tour of Asian American literature through a mix of social/intellectual history, anecdotes and short readings by writers both celebrated and overlooked. Poets Jennifer Chang and Cathy Park Hong uncovered the work of lesser-known senior poets who importantly shaped Asian American literary culture....
Chen, Ching-In - Truong, Monique - Chang, Jennifer - Park Hong, Cathy - Ali, Kazim - Sze, Arthur
American Celebration: Poet Laureate Closing Event
22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith celebrated the conclusion of her laureateship in a conversation with state, city and county poets laureate: Jeanetta Calhoun Mish (Oklahoma), Kealoha (Hawai`i), Adrian Matejka (Indiana), Tina Chang (Brooklyn, NY) and Vogue Robinson (Clark County, NV). Conversation was moderated by Jennifer Benka, president and executive director of the Academy of American Poets.
Kealoha - Matejka, Adrian - Chang, Tina - Smith, Tracy K. - Benka, Jennifer - Calhoun Mish, Jeanetta - Robinson, Vogue
National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement
2019 Regional Youth Poets Laureate Kara Jackson (Chicago), Haviland Nona Gai Whiting (Nashville), Jackson Neal (Houston) Azura Tyabji (Seattle) and Maren Wright-Kerr (Baltimore) read in an event hosted by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring Washington, D.C./Prince George's County Youth Poets Laureate.
Takacs, Stefanie - Calica, Lovella - Sheriff, Mohammed
The Road Back: Poetry & Literature Reading
In honor of Veterans Day, the Library sponsored a series of readings on the veterans' "road back," focusing on the use of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction as a means of coping with service experience. Poets Bill Jones, Vess Quinlan, Dave Richmond and Bruce Weigl discussed their favorite World War I writers and shared selections of their work.
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Poet Silvia Guerra will read excerpts of her work and translators Jesse Lee Kercheval, Jeannine Pitas, Anna Deeny and Seth Michelson will share new translations of Circe Maia, Marosa di Giorgio, Amanda Berenguer and Melisa Mechado.
Deeny, Anna - Guerra, Silvia - Kercheval, Jesse Lee - Pitas, Jeannine - Michelson, Seth
2018 International Writing Spotlight: Giving Voice to Women through Literature
International Writing Program residents Kateryna Babkina (Ukraine), Alisa Ganieva (Russia), and Rumena Bužarovska (Macedonia) will read selections of their work and participate in a moderated discussion with IWP Director Christopher Merrill. Presented in partnership with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.