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The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center fosters and enhances the public's appreciation of literature. To this end, the Center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry position, coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences, and symposia, and sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers.

The Poetry and Literature Center

The Center's Poetry Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building is used by the Poet Laureate at his or her discretion and by the Center to receive visiting writers, publishers, teachers, and guests.

Most of the poetry and literature programs presented at the Library of Congress are supported by funding from the Archer M. Huntington endowment, the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, or other gift funds. The Huntington Fund began operation in 1937, and the Whittall Fund in 1950 and was augmented over the years until her death in 1965. To expand its offerings and initiate programs in the 21st century, the Center welcomes donations from those who wish to help revitalize the Library's literary programs. Interested potential donors may request more information by calling the Center at (202) 707-5394. Contributions are tax deductible.

Support the Poetry and Literature Center

     The Poetry and Literature Center
     Library of Congress
     Washington, DC 20540-4861
     (202) 707-5394
     www.loc.gov/poetry