November 25, 2017

Timely Connections: Individual Influence

The article, In a Lost Essay, a Glimpse of an Elusive Poet and Slave (The New York Times Sept. 25, 2017), tells the intriguing story of the discovery of a primary source text by Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history at the University of Wisconsin. The essay, "Individual Influence" by North Carolina slave and poet George Moses Horton, was found in a scrapbook documenting an 1856 University of North Carolina (UNC) controversy compiled by Henry Harrisse, a 19th-century historian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Billy Collins

Billy Collins served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and then as New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. Collins is the author of 11 books of poetry and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2016. Integrating Tech: Poetry 180 a project of U.S. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins Video Poetry 180: Bookfest 02 Poet Laureate Billy Collins Reads his Poems Everyday Moments Caught in Time Ted2012 2014 Book Festival Video (Poetry) 2014 Book … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Stanley Kunitz

Award-winning poet Stanley Kunitz was born in 1905 in Worcester, Massachusetts and died in 2006. Kunitz authored 12 poetry collections, one of which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1959 and another, which won the National Book Award in 1995; other honors include a National Medal of Arts, the Bollingen Prize, and the Robert Frost Medal. Kunitz also twice served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1974-1976 and 2000-2001). Audio Recordings of Stanley Kunitz … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry and was the first Hispanic writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mistral also worked as an educator and a diplomat. Learn more about this passionate poet by investigating the resources below. Gabriela Mistral reading her poetry at the Library of Congress 1950 Oración de la Maestra by Gabriela Mistral La Revista de Taos. (Taos, Nuevo México), 21 Oct. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Pablo Neruda

Poet Pablo Neruda was born as Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile in 1904. He is the author of more than fifty books, mostly of poetry and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Learn more about this wondrous wordsmith by investigating the resources below. Pablo Neruda reading his poem, Alturas de Macchu Picchu June 20, 1966 audio recording Pablo Neruda image set Pablo Neruda brief biography (in English and Spanish) Pablo Neruda biography & bibliography … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gwendolyn Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) wrote more than 20 books of poetry and served as the Illinois Poet Laureate from 1968-2000 and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1985-1986. Learn more about this amazing artist by investigating the resources below. Gwendolyn Brooks reads from her poetry audio recording September 30, 1985 We Real Cool broadside A Street in Bronzeville Books that Shaped America online exhibition "Gwendolyn Brooks Is Named as Next … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Barack Obama

Barack Obama first inauguration primary source set January 20, 2009 Barack Obama second inauguration primary source set January 21, 2013 President-Elect Obama To Take Oath of Office on Lincoln-Inaugural Bible News from the Library of Congress December 23, 2008 The Lincoln Bible used by Barack Obama at his first inauguration The Book Lincoln and Obama Have In Common video Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning Barack Obama Barak Obama being sworn in as President of the United … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith The Poet & the Poem audio podcast This is My Story: Getting to Know Patricia Smith From the Catbird Seat blog February 9, 2015 Patricia Smith's "Words That Force Us to Look" From the Catbird Seat April 22, 2013 Library Awards Patricia Smith the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry December 22, 2014 Patricia Smith Bookfest bio Patricia Smith: 2009 National Book Festival webcast Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force 2013/05/01 webcast Patricia Smith … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Robert Frost

Christmas Greetings from Robert Frost From the Catbird Seat December 24, 2014 First Drafts: Poem for a President Library of Congress blog January 29, 2013 Stay Gold: Robert Frost and First Poems From the Catbird Seat June 5, 2013 Robert Frost Reads Poem at JFK's Inauguration January 20, 1961 from America's Library "Dedication" Robert Frost's Presidential Inaugural Poem typescript with Frost's holograph script corrections in ink The Poetry of Robert Frost: "Dedication" Featured … [Read more...]