Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey was named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, the Library of Congress announced Thursday — noting her ability to “dig beneath the surface of history.” The NewsHour first profiled her in 2006 for her third book of poems, “Native Guard.” Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove was recently given what may be the biggest honor — and challenge — of her career: sorting through poems from the last 100 years to create “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.” Jeffrey Brown and Dove discuss the task that took more than four years. Continue reading
The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.
The Library of America is publishing the collected works and letters of celebrated poet Elizabeth Bishop — marking the first time it has done so for a woman poet. Two of Bishop’s friends discuss and read her work. Continue reading