Poetry and Literature News

Enjoy the latest poetry news from poets, writers, and news sources from around the world. Each day, PoetrySoup provides this timely poetry news which is continually updated from poetry news sources around the net.

Thu,19 Apr 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TONIGHT! LIMITED TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENT on 4/19

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM
STAYING HUMAN: POETRY IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will celebrate the conclusion of her first term as laureate in a conversation with Ron Charles, editor of Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library’s “Life of a Poet” series. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required via Eventbrite. Book sales and signing will follow.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event will be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook

Thu,12 Apr 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: ACT NOW! TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENT on 4/19

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM
STAYING HUMAN: POETRY IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will celebrate the conclusion of her first term as laureate in a conversation with Ron Charles, editor of Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library’s “Life of a Poet” series. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required via Eventbrite. Book sales and signing will follow.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event will be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook

Fri,06 Apr 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: LEGACY OF CHILEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN POETRY SYMPOSIUM on 4/13

Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
LEGACY OF CHILEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN POETRY SYMPOSIUM

This symposium will bring together poets and literary scholars from Latin America and the United States to consider the dynamic emergence, development, and diversity of poetic forms throughout the Americas, with an emphasis on Chile. It will also be presented to recognize Georgetown University Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick for her scholarship in the field of Latin American poetry, her contributions to the university, and her profound dedication to her students. 

Full event schedule and tickets available via Eventbrite. 

Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division, the Embassy of Chile, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Universidad de Chile.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: cgom@loc.gov

 

PROGRAM

9:00 AM  WELCOME

  • Georgette Dorn, Chief, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress
  • Julio Fiol, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Chile
  • Anna Deeny Morales, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University

9:15 AM TO 10:25 AM  POETIC GENEALOGIES IN LATIN AMERICA

MODERATOR: FELIPE ESTEBAN TORO FRANCO, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

  • Alvaro Kaempfer, Gettysburg College: “Poesía, tradición cultural y razón pública en la crítica literaria de Andrés Bello”
  • Sarah Moody, University of Alabama: “María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira, Delmira Agustini, and the Impossible Life and Legacy of the Woman Poet in Modernismo”
  • Vivaldo Andrade dos Santos, Georgetown University: "Carlos Drummond de Andrade and the Flaming Tie of Neruda: Echoes of Canto general in A Rosa do Povo by CDA (1945)”

10:30 AM TO 12:30 PM  POETIC LANGUAGE

MODERATOR: VERONICA SALLES-REESE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

  • Soledad Bianchi, Universidad de Chile: “Bolaño, poeta: ‘He aprendido de los caminos donde me he extraviado’ ”
  • Rodrigo Cánovas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: “Poesía y performance en el texto Naciste pintada, de Carmen Berenguer, escrito desde el fin de siglo chileno”
  • Francine Masiello, University of California, Berkeley: “poesía, paisaje, amistad”
  • Ana Inés Larre Borges, Biblioteca Nacional de Uruguay: “Dis/pares. Marosa di Giorgio versus Idea Vilariño”

2:00 PM TO 3:15 PM  POETRY, POLITICS, GENDER AND SEXUALITY

MODERATOR: GABRIEL VILLAROEL, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

  • Francisco Leal, Colorado State University: “Pablo Neruda, violador. Mujeres-estatuas en su poesía amorosa”
  • Miguel López, University of New Mexico: “Marjorie Agosín and the Femicides”
  • María José Navia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: “’Amo las cosas que nunca tuve / con las otras que ya no tengo’: leyendo a Gabriela Mistral desde el inventario.”

3:30 PM TO 5:00 PM  THE LEGACY OF GWEN KIRKPATRICK FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE AND POETRY

MODERATOR: TANIA GENTIC, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

  • Emilie Bergman, University of California, Berkeley: “Snapshots, Afterimages and the Longvies: Gwen at Berkeley”
  • Enrique Cortez, Portland State University: “Repensar la poesía más allá de las vanguardias: Lógica de la pregunta e historia literaria”
  • Rocío Ferreira, DePaul University: “Los años en UC Berkeley. La poesía latinoamericana según Gwen Kirkpatrick”
  • Laura Demaría, University of Maryland: “El legado de Gwen Kirkpatrick”

5:15 PM TO 6:30 PM  POETRY READING

INTRODUCTIONS BY ANNA DEENY MORALES

  • Roberto Ibáñez Ricóuz
  • Vivaldo Santos
  • María José Navia
  • Francisco Leal
  • María Inés Zaldivar

 

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Wed,04 Apr 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET WITH MATTHEW ZAPRUDER on 4/11

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: MATTHEW ZAPRUDER

Poet Matthew Zapruder will discuss his work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Wed,28 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TONIGHT! TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 PM
STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON

Authors Jonathan Franzen, Elliot Ackerman, Sam Quinones, and writer/producer Elizabeth Cuthrell will join writer and Library of Congress Literary Advisor Marie Arana to discuss intersections of war, addiction, and discontent in the work of Denis Johnson, 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner. Book sales and signing will follow. Tickets are required. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394, poetry@loc.gov

These events will be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook. 

Mon,26 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENT on 4/19

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM
STAYING HUMAN: POETRY IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will celebrate the conclusion of her first term as laureate in a conversation with Ron Charles, editor of Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library’s “Life of a Poet” series. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required via Eventbrite. Book sales and signing will follow.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event will be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook

Wed,21 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: ACT NOW! TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON ON 3/28

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 PM
STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON

Authors Jonathan Franzen, Elliot Ackerman, Sam Quinones, and writer/producer Elizabeth Cuthrell will join writer and Library of Congress Literary Advisor Marie Arana to discuss intersections of war, addiction, and discontent in the work of Denis Johnson, 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner. Book sales and signing will follow. Tickets are required. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394, poetry@loc.gov

These events will be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook. 

Tue,20 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: POSTPONED: THE LIFE OF A POET WITH LAURA KASISCHKE on 3/21

The following event has been postponed due to weather conditions, and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: LAURA KASISCHKE

Poet Laura Kasischke will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Thu,15 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE CELEBRATION TONIGHT

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM
NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE CELEBRATION

2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and the 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate finalists will participate in a reading and moderated discussion with Michael Cirelli, executive director of Urban Word NYC. Special guest Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will give opening remarks. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Young Readers Center. Presented in partnership with Urban Word.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Tue,13 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: LAURA KASISCHKE on 3/21

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: LAURA KASISCHKE

Poet Laura Kasischke will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Thu,08 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE CELEBRATION on 3/15

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM
NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE CELEBRATION

2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and the 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate finalists will participate in a reading and moderated discussion with Michael Cirelli, executive director of Urban Word NYC. Special guest Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will give opening remarks. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Young Readers Center. Presented in partnership with Urban Word.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Wed,07 Mar 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON ON 3/28

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 PM
STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON

Authors Jonathan Franzen, Elliot Ackerman, Sam Quinones, and writer/producer Elizabeth Cuthrell will join writer and Library of Congress Literary Advisor Marie Arana to discuss intersections of war, addiction, and discontent in the work of Denis Johnson, 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner. Book sales and signing will follow. Tickets are required. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394, poetry@loc.gov

These events will be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook. 

Tue,20 Feb 2018
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: BUSHRA AL-FADIL on 2/27

Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 PM 
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: BUSHRA AL-FADIL

2017 Caine Prize winner Bushra al-Fadil will read from his prize-winning short story, “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away,” and participate in a moderated discussion with Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division, Marieta Harper. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division. Presented in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, The Caine Prize for African Writing, and the Center for African Studies at Howard University.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Sun,31 Dec 2017
Thanks for Your Support!
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Two kids reading a book.

Thank You for Supporting the Library!

Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first year-end giving campaign is a success because of you.

Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy. Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information.

Still haven't finalized your year-end giving plans? You can still make a gift to enrich the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world.

Make your tax-deductible donation today and spark a lifelong adventure of learning!


DONATE NOW

Fri,29 Dec 2017
Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library
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News from the Library of Congress

December 27, 2017

Collage of Library-related images

Make Your Gift Before the End of 2017

The Library’s resolution for 2018 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2017!

Your gift can:

  • Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our first Librarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their lives
  • Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars
  • Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities

With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all.

Join us TODAY by making your 2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning.      

Thank you!

Susan K. Siegel
Director of Development

 

DONATE NOW

Wed,27 Dec 2017
Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library
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News from the Library of Congress

December 27, 2017

Collage of Library-related images

Make Your Gift Before the End of 2017

The Library’s resolution for 2018 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2017!

Your gift can:

  • Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our first Librarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their lives
  • Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars
  • Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities

With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all.

Join us TODAY by making your 2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning.      

Thank you!

Susan K. Siegel
Director of Development

 

DONATE NOW

Fri,01 Dec 2017
Thank You for Supporting the Library
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Librarian of Congress walking in Great Hall with Librarian for a Day

Thank You for Supporting the Library!

Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first celebration of #GivingTuesday is a success because of you.

Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy.  Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information.

Did you miss the opportunity to give on #GivingTuesday? You can still make a gift to enrich the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world.

Make your tax-deductible donation today and spark a lifelong adventure of learning!


DONATE NOW

Tue,28 Nov 2017
Make Your Gift to the Nation’s Library!
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Library patrons and staff in the Main Reading Room

Make Your Gift to the Nation's Library

The day has arrived—#GivingTuesday—a day when your gift makes a difference and a statement.

The Library of Congress is strengthened by donations from people like you. Gifts bring the Library to life with music, dance, film, sound, culture, scholarship, research, discussions and ideas. Your gift, no matter the size, will expand the collections and support diverse programs that are entirely FREE for everyone to enjoy, and will make the Library’s treasures and services more accessible. Here's more information.

Help spread the word today and encourage your friends and family to make a gift to the nation’s library, your gateway to understanding the world!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.


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Tue,28 Nov 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: RAE ARMANTROUT on 11/29

Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: RAE ARMANTROUT

Poet Rae Armantrout will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Tue,21 Nov 2017
Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning
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News from the Library of Congress

November 21, 2017

Patrons examining Library of Congress collections

Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning

This year, for the first time, the Library of Congress is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 28, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Here's more information.

The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway to understanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere.

Save the Date to Make Your Gift!

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.


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Fri,03 Nov 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: LITERATURE OF WWI: YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA on 11/9

Thursday, November 9, 12:00 PM
LITERATURE OF WWI: YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa will discuss his favorite World War I authors and read selections of his own award-winning work. This event is free and open to the public with book sales and signing to follow.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Fri,27 Oct 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT on 11/3

Friday, November 3, 12:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Writing Program, residents Enza García Arreaza (Venezuela) and Santiago Giralt (Argentina) will participate in a discussion with Cynthia P. Schneider, former ambassador to the Netherlands and Amy Storrow, foreign service officer and Cox fellow. Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program, will moderate the discussion. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and 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.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information. 

Tue,17 Oct 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: DAWN LUNDY MARTIN on 10/23

Monday, October 23, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: DAWN LUNDY MARTIN

Poet Dawn Lundy Martin will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information. 

Thu,21 Sep 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: ANTJIE KROG on 9/28

Thursday, September 28, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: ANTJIE KROG

South African writer Antjie Krog will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and Howard University.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Wed,30 Aug 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM on 8/31

Thursday, August 31, 4:00 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT POETS PROGRAM

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew will appoint the sixth class of National Student Poets, five outstanding youth poets from across the United States, for their original work. Program to include a plaque ceremony and poetry reading. Public reception to follow. Free tickets required. 

Presented in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube (with captions).

Please click here for more information.