There Are No Fears
Yevgeny Yevtushenko recited his poetry in both English and Russian in a program titled" There Are No Fears". Yevtushenko is a poet, novelist, film maker and professor of literature and cinema.
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.
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).
Allen Ginsberg Reads His Poetry
Allen Ginsberg discusses his work and the poets who influenced him, including Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams. Born in Newark, NJ in 1926, Ginsberg became a major figure in American poetry in the late 1950s after his book, Howl and Other Poems, was published. Along with his friends William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, Ginsberg was part the Beat Movement. In ...
Louise Glück Reads Her Poetry
Louise Glück explains that she is a lyric poet who loves editing. After discussing writer's block and her early work, she reads in Part I from First Born (1983), The House on Marshland (1975), and Descending Figure (1980). In Part II, she continues with poems from Descending Figure and The Triumph of Achilles (1987). In Part III, Ms. Glück discusses poems by others that ...
Sam Hamill Reads His Poetry
Sam Hamill looks beyond the surface meaning of the words in this program. "What propels us through the poem is the emotion which gets expressed as rhythm," he tells a small group of students. "Precise emotion and precise words are needed in poetry." Hamill reads and discusses translations of ancient classical Asian poets.
Michael Harper Reads His Poetry
Michael S. Harper, Professor of English at Brown University, is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Dear John, Dear Coltrane and Healing Song for the Inner Ear. He has been the recipient of the Governor's Poetry Award and a Doctorate of Letters from Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire; he was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library; ...
Stanley Kunitz Reads His Poetry
Stanley Kunitz, who occupied the Chair of Poetry at the Library from 1974 through 1976 as Consultant in Poetry (before the title was changed to Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry with the passage in 1985 of P.L. 99-194), was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. His ten books of poetry include Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (W.W. Norton, 1995), which won ...
Denise Levertov Reads Her Poetry
Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was born in Ilford, Essex, England. Educated entirely at home, she became a civilian nurse in World War II, serving in London throughout the bombings. Levertov emigrated to the United States in 1941. She received early encouragement and guidance from T.S. Eliot, Robert Creeley, William Carlos Williams and Kenneth Rexroth. In 1956, she became a U. S. citizen. During the 1960s ...
Daniel Mark Epstein on Walt Whitman's "The Death of Lincoln"
The Library of Congress presented an evening concert and a dramatic reading of Walt Whitman's historic lecture on the "Death of Lincoln." Daniel Mark Epstein, author of "Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington" (Ballantine Books, 2004), offered a complete reading of Whitman's tribute to the assassinated president. Whitman first delivered the "Death of Lincoln" lecture at Steck Hall in New York ...
Epstein, Daniel Mark
Poet Jorie Graham reads at the Library's Celebration of National Poetry Month
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham read from her new book, "Overlord: Poems" (Ecco Press, 2005). Graham's appearance is part of the Academy of American Poets "10 Years/10 Cities Reading Series," which marks the 10th celebration of National Poetry Month, founded by the academy on 1996. The Library's Poetry and Literature Center, founded in the 1940s, is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in ...
Ted Kooser: Out of the Ordinary
Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, closes out the 2004-2005 literary season with an hour-long exhibition of wit and award-winning poetry style.
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States
Editor and translator Lori Marie Carlson discussed her new book, "Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States," in honor of the Library's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Claudia Quiroz Cahill, two of the poets who contributed to "Red Hot Salsa," read their poems. In his introduction to the book, award-winning author Oscar ...
River of Words Awards 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 ...
National Poetry Month at the Library of Congress
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 ...
450 Years of Spanish Poetry in the United States
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.