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.

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!


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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

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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

 

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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.

Tue,22 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.

Fri,21 Jul 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Two events concluding a city-wide, three-day festival celebrating Asian American literature.

  • 11:00 AM: American Book Award winner Karen Tei Yamashita gives a lecture, “Literature as Community: The Turtle, Imagination, and the Journey Home,” followed by a fiction reading featuring Kundiman fellows Vt Hung, Mark Keats and Sejal Shah. Book sales and signing to follow.
  • 2:00 PM: Poetry Society of America President Kimiko Hahn gives a lecture, “Angel Island: The Roots and Branches of Asian American Poetry,” followed by a poetry reading featuring July Poetry magazine contributors Kazim Ali, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Paisley Rekdal, Gerald Maa, Sally Wen Mao, Rajiv Mohabir, Khaty Xiong and John Yau. Book sales and signing to follow.

Free tickets required. Full festival schedule available here. Presented in partnership with Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Location: Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

For more information, please click here.

Mon,24 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: POET LAUREATE'S CLOSING EVENTS on 4/26

Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 PM; 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
POET LAUREATE'S CLOSING EVENTS: SPEAK THE PEOPLE/THE SPARK/EL POEMA

A host of acclaimed scholars, musicians, and community organizers join Juan Felipe Herrera to close his second term as U.S. Poet Laureate. All events are free and open to the public. 

  • 12:00 PM: Fresno State Chamber Singers Concert | Tickets available
    The Fresno State Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Cari Earnhart, perform newly commissioned pieces created with Juan Felipe Herrera.

    Location: Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

  • 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion and Quetzal Concert | Tickets required
    Panel discussion between Juan Felipe Herrera and Martha Gonzalez, Hugo Morales, and Louie Pérez, moderated by Rafael Pérez-Torres.  To close out the evening, Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal gives a concert

    Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

Book sales to follow panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division, Hispanic Division, and American Folklife Center. Presented in partnership with California State University, Fresno, and the Fresno State Chamber Singers.

Contact: (202) 707-5394, poetry@loc.gov

These events will be livecast via YouTube and Facebook.

Thu,20 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: BOBBITT PRIZE READING: NATHANIEL MACKEY AND CLAUDIA RANKINE—TONIGHT!

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM
BOBBITT PRIZE READING: NATHANIEL MACKEY AND CLAUDIA RANKINE

The co-winners of the 14th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for PoetryNathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement and Claudia Rankine for her book Citizenread selections of their work. Book sales and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets available here.

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

Please click here for more information.

Wed,19 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR POET LAUREATE'S CLOSING EVENTS on 4/26

Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 PM; 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENTS: SPEAK THE PEOPLE/THE SPARK/EL POEMA

A host of acclaimed scholars, musicians, and community organizers join Juan Felipe Herrera to close his second term as U.S. Poet Laureate. All events are free and open to the public. 

  • 12:00 PM: Fresno State Chamber Singers Concert | Tickets available
    The Fresno State Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Cari Earnhart, perform newly commissioned pieces created with Juan Felipe Herrera.

    Location: Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

  • 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion and Quetzal Concert | Tickets required
    Panel discussion between Juan Felipe Herrera and Martha Gonzalez, Hugo Morales, and Louie Pérez, moderated by Rafael Pérez-Torres.  To close out the evening, Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal gives a concert

    Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

Book sales to follow panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division, Hispanic Division, and American Folklife Center. Presented in partnership with California State University, Fresno, and the Fresno State Chamber Singers.

Contact: (202) 707-5394, poetry@loc.gov

These events will be livecast via YouTube and Facebook.

Tue,18 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: BOBBITT PRIZE READING: NATHANIEL MACKEY AND CLAUDIA RANKINE on 4/20

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM
BOBBITT PRIZE READING: NATHANIEL MACKEY AND CLAUDIA RANKINE

The co-winners of the 14th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for PoetryNathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement and Claudia Rankine for her book Citizenread selections of their work. Book sales and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets available here.

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

Please click here for more information.

Mon,10 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BOBBITT PRIZE READING: NATHANIEL MACKEY AND CLAUDIA RANKINE on 4/20

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM
BOBBITT PRIZE READING: NATHANIEL MACKEY AND CLAUDIA RANKINE

The co-winners of the 14th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for PoetryNathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement and Claudia Rankine for her book Citizenread selections of their work. Book sales and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets available here.

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

Please click here for more information.

Wed,05 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: ACT NOW! TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR POET LAUREATE'S CLOSING EVENTS on 4/26

Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 PM; 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENTS: SPEAK THE PEOPLE/THE SPARK/EL POEMA

A host of acclaimed scholars, musicians, and community organizers join Juan Felipe Herrera to close his second term as U.S. Poet Laureate. All events are free and open to the public. 

  • 12:00 PM: Fresno State Chamber Singers Concert | Tickets available
    The Fresno State Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Cari Earnhart, perform newly commissioned pieces created with Juan Felipe Herrera.

    Location: Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

  • 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion and Quetzal Concert | Tickets required
    Panel discussion with Juan Felipe Herrera and Martha Gonzalez, Hugo Morales, and Louie Pérez, moderated by Rafael Pérez-Torres.  To close out the evening, Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal gives a concert

    Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

Book sales to follow panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division, Hispanic Division, and American Folklife Center. Presented in partnership with California State University, Fresno, and the Fresno State Chamber Singers.

Contact: (202) 707-5394, poetry@loc.gov

These events will be livecast via YouTube and Facebook.

Wed,05 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: LIDUDUMALINGANI MQOMBOTHI on 4/12

Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: LIDUDUMALINGANI MQOMBOTHI

South African author and 2016 Caine Prize winner Lidudumalingani Mqombothi will read from his prize-winning short story “Memories We Lost” and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, and The Caine Prize for African Writing.

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.

Tue,04 Apr 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: DANA LEVIN - TONIGHT, 4/4

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET:
DANA LEVIN

Poet Dana Levin 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.

Mon,27 Mar 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: FICTION, FAITH, AND THE IMAGINATION on 4/3

Monday, April 3, 7:00 PM
FICTION, FAITH, AND THE IMAGINATION

Authors/scholars Geraldine Brooks, Paul Harding, Steven Knapp, and Alan Lightman join 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Marilynne Robinson in a panel discussion centered on intersections of fiction, faith, and the imagination. This event is free and open to the public with book sales and signing to follow. Tickets are required. Co-sponsored by the Kluge Center. The event will also be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube channel.

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

Please click here for more information.

Thu,23 Mar 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: US/CA CAPITAL POETRY EXCHANGE on 3/30

Thursday, March 30, 4:00 PM
US/CA CAPITAL POETRY EXCHANGE

Canadian poets Suzanne Buffam, Liz Howard, and David O’Meara share and discuss selections of their work with Monty Reid, director of VERSeFest. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by VERSeFest and the Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.  

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

Please click here for more information.