Teaching Poetry: Audio Recordings of Poetry and Literature from the Library of Congress

Wednesday, April 21, 4 p.m. ET

Join us as we continue our celebration of National Poetry Month with the Library of Congress. In this session, Library of Congress experts will share two core resources for educators wishing to use audio recordings in their work with students:

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry, including Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz; and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress. The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943 and contains nearly 2,000 recordings of writers participating in literary events. Each April, the Library adds 50 newly digitized recordings to the online collection as part of National Poetry Month.

Poetry of America

Learn about this collection of field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets. Each poet reads a singular American poem of their choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects to, deepens, or re-imagines our sense of the nation. The feature includes a print version of the poem to complement the recording, as well as a piece by the participating poet.



This event is open to the public; NCTE membership not required.



Teaching Poetry: A Conversation with Alberto Ríos

Wednesday, May 19, 4 p.m. ET

NCTE and the Library of Congress invite you to join us for a conversation with Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos as he reads and discusses his work. NCTE member Melissa Alter Smith and Rios will discuss the power of teaching poetry and the works of living poets.



Ríos’s latest collection of poems is Not Go Away Is My Name.  A National Book Award finalist, Ríos has taught at Arizona State University since 1982.  He is Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate, a recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.