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The Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress

Poetry Cybercasts

Selected Multimedia Presentations of Library of Congress Poetry Events. Also available - cybercasts from the PoetVision and The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress Series.

Poet Laureate Billy Collins Reads his poems
Event Date: May 7, 2003, Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress.

Billy Collins is introduced by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and gives the final reading of his tenure as U. S. Poet Laureate.

See and hear Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Poetry in America: A Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration
Event Dates: April 3 - 4, 2000

Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, W.S. Merwin, Joshua Weiner and Naomi Shihab Nye gave readings of their "Favorite Poems." Mr. Pinsky presented the first video and audio recordings from the Favorite Poem Project, a project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts that has documented thousands of people from all walks of life reading their favorite poems. This event was sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America, with additional support from Borders Books.

The cybercast is available at http://www.connectlive.com/events/libraryofcongress/

Image of Robert PinskyPoet Laureate Robert Pinsky: "Poetry and American Memory"
Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 1998

With this lecture on "Poetry and American Memory," Mr. Pinsky officially opened the Library's 1998-1999 poetry and literature series. The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry is appointed each year by the Librarian of Congress.

See and hear Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

Photo by N. Alicia Byers.