Library of Congress: New Poetry Podcast Series Launches. “As April winds down, our celebration of National Poetry Month at the Library of Congress is still going strong: Today we launch ‘From the Catbird Seat,’ a new poetry podcast series from the Poetry and Literature Center. Each Thursday for the next eight weeks, we’ll explore poetry’s past, present and future.”
Library of Congress: New Recordings Online for National Poetry Month. “National Poetry Month is here, and we’re over the moon to announce the release of 50 additional recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, now available to stream online. The archive—a collection dating back to 1943, when Allen Tate was consultant in poetry—contains nearly 2,000 audio recordings of celebrated poets and writers participating in literary events at the Library of Congress, along with sessions recorded in the recording laboratory in the Library’s Jefferson Building. Most of these recordings were originally captured on magnetic tape reels and have only been accessible by visiting the Library in person.”
Financial Times (yes, really): Voices of the new ‘Instagram poets’. “Rupi Kaur is a millennial publishing sensation, famous for her Instagram poetry and her heartfelt stage performances. At the moment she is touring India, where her first major stop was the Jaipur Literature Festival. Droves of young women came to watch, their faces bright with anticipation, ready to snap their fingers in appreciation at her best lines. ‘I want to feel like you’re all up here on stage with me, right?’ said Kaur, 25, working her audience like a pro, poetry’s Beyoncé.”
The Daily Nebraskan: UNL ‘African Digital Portal’ will give students access to African poetry, artifacts . “University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will soon be able to feel much closer to Africa through an online portal to the world of African poetry. English professor Kwame Dawes is developing an online database for African poetry and artifacts. ‘The African Digital Portal’ will launch in 2019 and will feature artifacts, newspapers and manuscripts related to African poetry, dating from the 19th century to the modern era.”
British Library: BL Labs 2017 Symposium: Data Mining Verse in 18th Century Newspapers by Jennifer Batt. “Dr Jennifer Batt, Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, reported on an investigation in finding verse using text and data-mining methods in a collection of digitised eighteenth-century newspapers in the British Library’s Burney Collection to recover a complex, expansive, ephemeral poetic culture that has been lost to us for well over 250 years.” A ~23 minute video of her presentation and her slide deck is available at the URL I linked to.
Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID’s Deaf Studies Archive receives grant to digitize rare videos about ASL poetry and literature. “Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will digitize and make publicly accessible more than 60 videotapes held in the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive that document the ASL poetry and literature movement in Rochester from 1970 through 2011. The digitized videos will be one of the largest collections of online publicly accessible rare ASL literature in the country.”
Talking New Media: Complete digital archive of PN Review launched with Exact Editions. “First launched as Poetry Nation in 1973, for 45 years PN Review has provided a comprehensive and detailed coverage of contemporary poetry. Over 200 back issues and counting are available as part of the brand new, fully searchable, digital archive . Each issue includes important editorial, letters, news, articles, interviews and poetry, combining in the archive to provide a fascinating overview of the last 45 years of British poetry.” Not free.