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  • Film, Video
    Dante Alighieri's 750th Birthday Anniversary
    Dante's 750th Birthday
    In partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, the Library hosted a panel discussion of distinguished scholars who spoke about Dante Alighieri's influence on music, American art and popular culture, philosophy, science and the law.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Asian American Literature Today: Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen read from his new novel, "The Sympathizer," and participated in a moderated discussion with Mimi Khùc of the University of Maryland.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2009
    Witter Bynner Fellows 2009
    Poet Laureate Kay Ryan has chosen two gifted voices in poetry, Christina Davis and Mary Szybist, for the 2009 Witter Bynner Fellowships, who read selections of their work in a program at the Library.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    Poetry Reading by Li-Young Lee and David Kirby The Library of Congress literary season continued with poetry readings by Li-Young Lee and David Kirby sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2008
    Witter Bynner Fellows 2008
    Poet Laureate Charles Simic has chosen two new voices in poetry, business-development writer Matthew Thorburn and attorney Monica Youn, for the 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowships.Thorburn and Youn each will receive a 0,000 fellowship, provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. It is the 11th year the fellowships have been awarded. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Contemporary Russian Poetry Bilingual Reading
    Russian Poetry Bilingual Reading
    The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) jointly hosted an evening of Russian poetry, featuring Evgeny Bunimovich, Elena Fanailova and Yuli Gugolev. The poets read their work in Russian, followed by a reading of English translations by Bill O'Brien, director of theater and musical theater at NEA. Afterward, the poets participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by NEA Chairman...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Poetry of Mark Strand and Charles Wright Mark Strand and Charles Wright read from their works as part of the Poetry Center's Spring literary season.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Charles Simic on the Art of Translation
    Simic on the Art of Translation
    Charles Simic will make the final appearance of his tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry when he presents a lecture on poetry translation at the Library of Congress. The position of Poet Laureate is limited to a one or two-year term. Simic did not wish to be considered for a second year, as he wants to devote more time to the writing...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Poet Laureate Kay Ryan Opens the 2008 Literary Season
    Kay Ryan Opens the 2008 Literary Season
    The Library of Congress fall literary season opened on Oct. 16 with a reading by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Kay Ryan.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Jane Shore and Dabney Stuart Poetry Reading The Library's fall literary season continued with readings by poets Jane Shore and Dabney Stuart.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Chris Agee and Sinead Morrissey Poetry Reading
    Chris Agee & Sinead Morrissey Poetry Reading
    To celebrate the publication of the book "The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland," poets Sinead Morrissey and Chris Agee read from their work.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Celebrating Kentucky Poets Kentucky poets Jane Gentry Vance, Maurice Manning, Tony Crunk and Davis McCombs read selections of their work as part of the Library's Poetry at Noon series.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Poetry at Noon: The Air Poets Former Indiana Poet Laureate Joyce Brinkman introduces a group of "Airpoets" whose poems were incorporated into stained-glass murals in the new Indianapolis International Airport that is scheduled to open later this year as part of the Library's Poetry at Noon series. The poets include Ruthelen Burns, Joseph Heithaus and the current Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf. Brinkman herself is an "Airpoet." The work written...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2007
    Witter Bynner Fellows 2007
    Poet Laureate Donald Hall presents 2007 Witter Bynner Fellowship awardees Laurie Lamon and David Tucker, who read from their work in an event sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    Poetry Across the Atlantic U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion participated in a historic series of joint poetry readings in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and London, sharing the stage for the first time and reacquainting the poetries of America and the United Kingdom. The readings were sponsored jointly by the Library of Congress, the Poetry Foundation and the London-based Poetry Society. The poets laureate...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    Poetry of Philip Levine and Delores Kendrick
    Poetry of Levine & Kendrick
    Poets Philip Levine and Delores Kendrick read selections from their work. Accompanying Kendrick during her recital were musicians from the Capitol City Symphony: harpist Michael O'Harlin, violinists Maurice Gatewood and Masaya Uchino, cellist Patrick Moan and violist Victoria Gau.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    W.S. Merwin, Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry Recipient, Reads From His Works
    W.S. Merwin Reads From His Works
    Celebrated poet W.S. Merwin received the 2006 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and read selections of his work in a program sponsored by the Library's Poetry and Literature Center. The prize, the ninth to be given, was awarded to Merwin for his book "Present Company," published in 2005 by Copper Canyon. The 2006 Bobbitt Prize is awarded for the most distinguished book...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    MacDowell Colony Poets Six poets who served residencies at the MacDowell Colony are featured in readings by Stephen Dunn, Peter Klappert and Kathy Mangan. These poets also read a sampling of poems by three past Poet Laureates who attended MacDowell: Louise Bogan, Anthony Hecht and Stanley Kunitz.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo
    Poetry of Cesar Vallejo
    The Library of Congress 2006 Literary season continues with Clayton Eshleman reading "The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo." Eshleman, translator of the newly released "The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo," reads poems in English and Peruvian businessman Gonzalo Corzo reads poems in Spanish. Opening remarks are made by Peruvian Ambassador Felipe Ortiz de Zevallos.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    River of Words Awards 2006
    River of Words 2006
    Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass returned to the Library of Congress to moderate a program honoring the student winners of the 10th annual River of Words environmental poetry and art contest. Young poets and artists, in kindergarten through 12th grade from around the country, read their poems, displayed their winning works of art and talked with Hass about their work. Connie McDonald, the...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    National Poetry Month at the Library of Congress
    National Poetry Month
    Well-known Washington, D.C., poets Richard McCann and Kenny Carroll and young readers from Brightwood and Stanton elementary schools in the District participated in a National Poetry Month celebration. The children and the poets read poems from a new anthology, "How to Eat a Poem: Smorgasboard of Tasty and Delicious Poems for Young Readers," which was distributed at the event. Recently published by the Academy...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    450 Years of Spanish Poetry in the United States
    Spanish Poetry
    The Hispanic Division and Argentinian-American poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio sponsored the celebration of "450 Years of Spanish Poetry Written in the United States." Poet and translator Moraima de Semprun Donahoe read poems by Odon Betanzos, who could not attend due to health reasons. Other readers included Chicano poet Tino Villanueva, Ambroggio, Puerto Rican poet Naomi Ayala and Cuba-American poet Maricel Mayor Marsan.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    Poetry Readings from Jack Gilbert and Miranda Field
    Jack Gilbert and Miranda Field Poems
    The Library of Congress 2006 Literary Season continues with poetry readings from poets Jack Gilbert and Miranda Field.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    Poetry Readings from Maxine Kumin and Wesley McNair
    Maxine Kumin and Wesley McNair Poems
    The Library of Congress 2006 Literary Season continued with poetry readings from poets Maxine Kumin and Wesley McNair, two New England poets, who through the magic of poems, style takes the listener on a joyful ride through non-urban America.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    Poetry Readings: Cole, Rector, Harris
    Poetry Readings: Henri Cole, Liam Rector, Judith Harris
    The Library of Congress 2006 Literary season continues with poetry readings from poets Henri Cole, Liam Rector and Judith Harris. Carolyn Brown, director of the Scholarly Programs Office opened the reading. Patricia Gray, coordinator of the Poetry and Literature Center, introduced each guest reader.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2006