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Why are we so fascinated by the habits of famous writers? Perhaps it’s simple voyeurism, or maybe it’s a way to feel closer to our favorite books and literary heroes. For aspiring authors, it can encourage the belief that if we adopt similar mannerisms, we too can become successful, well-known,...
Did you know that three of the finalists recited John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" during the finals round of #POL15? Here's Maeva Ordaz's winning recitation of the Keats' classic. Stay tuned for more from Maeva, coming to the blog in mid-May.
Tonight these nine talented young people will battle it out, or, rather, recite it out, to find out which one of them will be the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Did we mention that whoever wins will have made it to the top spot out of the more than 300,000 high schoolers who participated...
We're catching up with 2010 and 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champions Amber Rose Johnson and Kristen Dupard.
Few books are more associated with jazz than The Great Gatsby , which so evocatively captures the extravagance of The Jazz Age—a term author F. Scott Fitzgerald himself coined. So when director Baz Luhrmann transferred the story to the silver screen in 2013, the music played as important a role as...
"This might seem contradictory, but the advice I give to young poets is not to treat poetry as a career—to stay an amateur, a word that comes from the Latin amare , to love." -- Tung-Hui Hu Banish all thoughts you might have of the fusty poet who can't tell Twitter from Tumblr and who can't imagine...
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Anita Norman reflects on her POL experience, shares her fears about heading off to college in the fall, and gives DC sightseeing tips.
It's always fun to revisit classic scenes from epic novels, especially out loud. In today's Big Read audio pause, we're going to look at a heartbreaking moment from Charles Portis's True Grit. This scene captures the indomitable spirit of the novel's young heroine, Mattie Ross, and her trusty pony...
We're celebrating National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at works of poetry influenced by jazz.
It's no secret that digital technology ranging from e-books to social media is forcing public libraries to innovate and adapt, and patrons are beginning to rethink what defines a library. For instance, a 2012 survey from Pew Research found that while many patrons still want to use libraries for...

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