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

January 27, 2000

New Radio Series To Air for Library of Congress Bicentennial

"Favorite Poets," a series of four one-hour programs of American poets interviewed by Grace Cavalieri, will air on public radio during National Poetry Month, April 2000. In Washington, D.C., the series will be heard on WPFW-FM on Sundays at 9 p.m. on April 2, 9, 16, and 23. (Check listings for local dates and times.)

Guests on the series are U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and Pulitzer Prize winners Louise Glück and W.S. Merwin. The poets, recorded at the Library of Congress, honor the Library's Bicentennial celebration on April 24, as well as National Poetry Month.

Each program presents the poets reading their work, a discussion of the writing process, and a portrait of the poet through conversation and interview, with an entertaining look at the personal and poetic lives of each of these literary figures. The poetry archives at the Library are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

Grace Cavalieri, host of the series, is a familiar voice on public radio, having presented more than 2,000 poets through her program "The Poet and the Poem" on WPFW-FM from 1977 to 1997. She has had 11 books of poetry published, and a number of her plays have been produced throughout the country and Off-Broadway. She has received the Allen Ginsberg Award for Poetry, the Pen Syndicated Prize for Fiction, and the Silver Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for "entertainment and innovation in radio."

"Favorite Poets" will be distributed nationally via NPR satellite. Interested listeners should contact their local public radio stations for times and dates of airing. The program is a Bicentennial project of the Library of Congress with funding provided by the Madison Council, the Library's private sector advisory group.

For more information on the 200th birthday celebrations of the Library of Congress, call (202) 707-2000 or visit the Library's Web site at

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PR 00-003
ISSN 0731-3527

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