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Some Preliminary Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry

Natasha Trethewey during the Witter Bynner Fellowships Awards Ceremony
“Poetry is a very large house, and there are many kinds of poetry.”—Sam Hamill, poet, translator, former publisher, and cofounder of Copper Canyon PressRead More »

Five Questions with Shelley NiTuama

Shelley NiTuama
This post was written by Shelley NiTuama, a Literature and Language Specialist at the National Endowment for the Humanities currently on detail to Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress.Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with.Read More »
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Celebrating the Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week: Sep 24–30, 2017

Display table with banned books
“Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous—they contain ideas.” —Pete HautmanRead More »

National History Day Resources: Conflict and Compromise in History

Engraving by unidentified Mexican artist, depicting scenes of Mexican Revolution
Tess Porter is an Education Support Specialist, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.We wanted to let you know about some great new resources available for National History Day to help your students investigate this year’s theme: Conflict and Compromise in History.Read More »
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Cultivating Hope through “Esperanza Rising”

Mexican girl takes a moment’s rest from her strenuous picking job
I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there? ―Pam Muñoz RyanRead More »
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