As part of National Poetry Month the Poetry and Literature Center has launched the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, a series of audio-recorded readings of renowned poets and prose writers reading from their work at the Library of Congress. Recordings include readings by former consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz; and celebrated writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut.
The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943, when Allen Tate was Consultant in Poetry. It contains nearly two thousand recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory.
Most of these recordings were captured on magnetic tape reels, and are only accessible at the Library itself. In digitizing the archive and presenting it online, the Library hopes to greatly broaden its use and value. The material featured on this online presentation represents a sample of this collection. The site will continue to provide additional items from this archive on a monthly basis over the next several years.
Originally posted by Gary Price at Infodocket.. http://www.infodocket.com/2015/04/15/an-archive-of-recorded-poetry-and-literature-debuts-on-library-of-congress-web-site/