Tutt Library Research Guides
American poet Richard Blanco, at age 44, is the youngest in history to read at a presidential inaugural ceremony.
This is video footage of Maya Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural. This footage is official public record produced by the White House Television (WHTV) crew, provided by the Clinton Presidential Library.
"Shortly after Howl and Other Poems was published in 1956 by City Lights Bookstore, it was banned for obscenity. The work overcame censorship trials, however, and became one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages.
In the 1960s and 70s, Ginsberg studied under gurus and Zen masters. As the leading icon of the Beats, Ginsberg was involved in countless political activities, including protests against the Vietnam War, and he spoke openly about issues that concerned him, such as free speech and gay rights agendas.
Ginsberg went on to publish numerous collections of poetry, including Kaddish and Other Poems (1961), Planet News (1968), and The Fall of America: Poems of These States (1973), which won the National Book Award." Poets.org
Yusef Komunyakaa reads his poem "Facing It." Part of the Poetry Everywhere project airing on public television.
Listen to Sylvia Plath's distinctive voice reading her poem "The Applicant." "...It can sew, it can cook, it can talk, talk, talk. ...Will you marry it?"
Garrison Keillor, of Prairie Home Companion fame, narrates the popular "Writer's Almanac," which can be heard daily on many radio stations across the nation. This RSS Feed provides links to the written transcripts, as well as links to podcasts from American Public Media.