February 4, 2000 Spring Literary Series Announced

Public Contact: (202) 707-5394
Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

Following is the schedule for the Spring 2000 Literary Series at the Library of Congress. All events are free and no tickets are required.

February 24
Mark Doty, author of Sweet Machine, reading his poems. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

March 16
William Jay Smith, author of The World Below the Window: Poems 1937- 1997. Mumford Room, James Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

April 3-4
"Poetry in America: A Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration." Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America.

April 3
"Poetry in America"

"Favorite Poem" - Robert Pinsky's presentation of the first video and audio recordings from the Favorite Poem Project to the Library of Congress's Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.

Readings of favorite poems by Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Bicentennial Consultants Rita Dove, Louise Glück, and W.S. Merwin; and Witter Bynner Fellows Joshua Wiener and Naomi Shihab Nye. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 8 p.m.

April 4
Public Symposium: "Poetry and the American People: Reading, Voice, and Publication in the 19th and 20th Centuries" - Mumford Room, James Madison Building.

8:45-10:15 a.m. - "Recovering the Experiences of American Readers"
David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School
Barbara Sicherman, Trinity College
Joan Shelley Rubin, University of Rochester

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - "Poetry and Voice"
Kenneth Cmiel, University of Iowa
Paul Breslin, Northwestern University
Robert Pinsky, Boston University

1:30-2:30 p.m. - "The Making of the Favorite Poem Project and Tapes"
A special presentation by Robert Pinsky, Maggie Dietz (Project Director), and Juanita Anderson (Executive Producer).

2:45-4:15 p.m. - "Poets and Publishers"
Jerry Ward, Tougaloo College
Jonathan Galassi of Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Chairman, Academy of American Poets
Leslie Morris, Harvard College Library

4:30-6 p.m. - "Poetry in America Today: A Reading and a Conclusion"
Joshua Wiener and Naomi Shihab Nye
Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, W.S. Merwin, symposium participants

April 13
Readings by local schoolchildren, of favorite poems and of their own work, as a part of the District Lines Poetry Project. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, 6:45 p.m.

May 10
1997-2000 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Robert Pinsky reading from his poems to close the literary season. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 6:45 p.m.

The Library of Congress, founded on April 24, 1800, is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. It preserves a collection of nearly 113 million items -- more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books. These include the largest map and film and television collections in the world. In addition to its primary mission of serving the research needs of the U.S. Congress, the Library serves all Americans through its popular Web site (www.loc.gov) and in its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill.

"We will celebrate with pride our first 200 years of Library history," said James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress. "During that time, the Library has grown into the world's largest repository of knowledge and creativity, which it has preserved for all generations of Americans. We want to take advantage of this opportunity to energize national awareness of the critical role that all libraries play in keeping the spirit of creativity and free inquiry alive in our society."

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