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Archive of recorded poetry and literature

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943, and contains nearly 2,000 recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory.
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Poetry of America

Poetry of America

This series features a collection of field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets. Each poet reads a singular American poem of his or her choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects, deepens, or re-imagines our sense of American identity.
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Poetry 180

Poetry 180

This program, launched in 2002 during Billy Collins’ tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate, gives high school students a chance to read or listen to a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year.
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The Life of a Poet

The Life of a Poet

Launched in 2013, “The Life of a Poet” is a series of in-depth discussions about a select poet’s life and work conducted by Washington Post’s Book World editor, Ron Charles. The Library partners with Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and The Washington Post to present this series and offer behind-the-scenes conversations with some of the country’s most important poets.
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Interview series

Interview Series

The Poetry and Literature Center’s Interview Series features emerging and established literary writers in dynamic and thought-provoking conversation.
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Featured Webcasts

Event Webcasts

Since 2000, we have recorded our literary event seasons to ensure that audiences worldwide can tune in to see the writers and performances featured throughout the year at the Poetry and Literature Center.
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African poets and writers

Conversations with African Poets and Writers

Launched in the fall of 2011 with Ali Mazrui, who gave a talk on the state of contemporary African literature, this series (presented here as webcasts of past programs) has followed with readings/discussions with emerging and established novelists, poets, and short story writers from around the Continent.
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Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic writers

Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers

This series features emerging and established American poets and prose writers of Hispanic descent who write predominantly in English. In each segment the featured poet or writer participates in a moderated discussion with a member of the Library's Hispanic Division and reads from his or her work.
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