From the Catbird Seat: Poetry from the Library of Congress Podcast
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"From the Catbird Seat: Poetry from the Library of Congress" features archived recordings of poets reading and discussing their work at the Library of Congress, and offers behind-the-scenes interviews with special guests.
||CleanPoet Laureate Charles Wright||On the eighth episode of "From the Catbird Seat," former Poet Laureate Charles Wright speaks with Rob Casper about his term as poet laureate, and we listen to highlights from Wright's inaugural reading at the Library of Congress in September 2014.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBagley Wright Lecture Series||On the seventh episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Rob Casper goes behind the scenes with Matthew Zapruder, editor at large of Wave Books and the former director of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series, about the six Bagley Wright lectures hosted at the Library of Congress between 2013 and 2016. The lecture series features leading mid-career poets as they explore, in-depth, their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. We'll listen to three poets who delivered Bagley Wright lectures at the Library of Congress: Dorothea Lasky, Timothy Donnelly, and Terrance Hayes.||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNational Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam||On the sixth episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Rob Casper chats with former Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera about his experience serving as a judge for the 2015 National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam, and what established writers can learn from emerging writers. Then, we'll listen to clips from the 2015 Youth Poetry Slam.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with African Poets and Writers||On the fifth episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Rob Casper goes behind the scenes with Ghanaian poet and editor Kwame Dawes about the February 2017 "Conversations with African Poets and Writers: African Poetry Book Fund Spotlight" event at the Library of Congress. Dawes discussess the formation of the African Poetry Book Fund, an organization that promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts of Africa, and then we'll listen to event clips featuring African Book Fund editorial board members Chris Abani, Matthew Shenoda, and Aracelis Girmay; and poets Chekube O. Danladi, Safia Elhillo, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, and Hope Wabuke.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNatasha Trethewey and Rosanne Cash||On the fourth episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Rob Casper chats with former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, who reflects on her 2013 conversation with singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash at the Library of Congress. We'll listen to clips from that event, which navigates the power of lyric language, the intersections of songwriting and poetry, and the influence of the two artists' fathers—Johnny Cash and Eric Trethewey.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry||On the third episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Rob Casper goes behind the scenes with Betty Sue Flowers, Mary Szybist, and Danielle Legros Georges, the jurors of the 2016 Bobbitt Prize for Poetry. They discuss their decision to award the prize to Claudia Rankine for her book Citizen, and to Nathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement. Then, we'll listen to a segment from the April 2017 prize event with readings by Rankine and Mackey.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life of a Poet||On the second episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Rob Casper goes behind the scenes with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World, about the origins of "The Life of a Poet" series at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC. Ron Charles hosts the series, launched in 2013, which features in-depth conversations with some of the country’s most important poets. We'll also listen to clips from three "The Life of a Poet" events.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoet Laureate Tracy K. Smith||On this inaugural episode of "From the Catbird Seat," Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks with Head of the Poetry and Literature Center Rob Casper about her first term as laureate, and looks ahead to her second term. We'll also listen to clips from Smith's inaugural reading, which took place on September 13, 2017 in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|