Please join the Library’s Virtual Services Digital Reference Section for two Poetry & Literature webinars in April:

Laurels and Lyrics: Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, join research specialist Peter Armenti and the Library of Congress for a tour of the rich and varied poetry resources available on our website.

Whether you’re a teacher, librarian, literary scholar, or an avid reader of poetry, the Library’s website has poetry-related materials that will engage and excite you. This program will introduce participants to specific poetry resources—including online initiatives launched by U.S. Poets Laureate, exhibits on famous poets, poetry webcasts and recordings, and, of course, poems themselves—while also offering search tips and strategies you can use to delve more deeply into the Library’s online poetry content.

Date: Wednesday, April 6

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon EDT

Registration: Please click here to use the registration form.



Listening In: Exploring Literary Audio Archives at the Library of Congress

In honor of National Poetry Month, join Catalina Gómez of the Hispanic Division as she explores the history of the Library of Congress’s literary audio archives. Curated since 1943 at the Library, these archives consist of audio recordings of prominent contemporary poets and prose writers reading from their work. The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) includes poets and prose writers from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America; and the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL) is comprised of American poets and prose writers, though some international writers are also included in the collection. Online versions of both archives were launched in 2015. Gómez will discuss the process of digitizing the archives and share several of her favorite recordings, in English and Spanish, with listeners.

Date: Thursday, April 28

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Registration: Please click here to use the registration form.

How to Attend:

Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Technology requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

ADA: Request accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or Registration fro the program is also required.