Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo has been appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States of America. The Poet Laureate is the official poet of the United States appointed by the Library of Congress.  You can read more about the position here.

Harjo is the first Native American to hold the position of Poet Laureate.  She is the author of eight books of poetry, with a ninth coming out this coming fall.  According to the Library of Congress, Harjo’s recent honors “include the Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers (2019), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation (2017) and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets (2015).”  You can read more about Harjo and listen to a Q/A session with her on the Library of Congress’ web page here.

Interested in reading some of Harjo’s poetry? Check out our copy of the American Journal: Fifty Poems of Our Time. And, if you are interested in writing or sharing your own poetry, join our creative writing group, It’s a Writer’s Thing!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

Robert Bernstein, Publisher

May 27 marked the passing of another prominent figure in the literary world.   Robert Bernstein, a publishing executive and human rights activist at Random House Publishing passed away at the age of 96 after working in the publishing industry for over two decades.  According to Harrison Smith, reporter for the Washington Post, it was under Bernstein’s direction that Random House expanded into the world’s largest publisher of general interest books. To read more about Robert Bernstein’s role in the publishing industry, clbernsteinick here.  

Today, we’d like to ask you to take a moment, where was the last book that you’ve read published?  Do the types of books you read seem to come from one publishing house or from a variety of publishing houses?

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian