Audio Archives

Poet and the Poem Webcast, Library of Congress

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Poet and the Poem Webcast, Library of Congress

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

Poet and the Poem Webcasts are a blog-style site where poets are interviewed and then read a few poems. The home page lists the webcast, with a small photo of the poet and a short biography.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Link leads to error page. Please visit for the archive.

Description of archive history or URL

Poet Laureates of the U.S. have developed the web site as well as the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The shows are hosted by Grace Cavalieri.

Contact information

The Poetry and Literature Center Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540-4861, (202) 707-5394,

Searchable options

No searchable options. This website is a blog-style list of readers, separated by authors names A-M/ N-Z. Note that this means that when there are two poets on the list, both of their names must be in the same section A-M or N-Z.

Relation from the audio to the text


Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Surprisingly, there is no date on any of the web casts, since it was broadcasted on the radio-- there's not even a year indicated. Total length of the web cast is provided, but very little context about the series is given.

Author bios and context within literary history

There are short author bios that are restricted to books published, awards and teaching positions.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

I'm not 100% sure, but I think they are MP3 files.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

There is a very small author photo, but nothing else.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

The player opens in a new screen, in Dashboard.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is limited, as the viewer must scroll down a very long page to search for a particular reader. There is no list of readers so the viewer doesn't know if the poet they are looking for will be in the web casts.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features


Other notes

It seems that this website has missed a very important element: this is a reading series, hosted by the same person at a very particular point in time, and recording information such as dates, context and decisions made about who will read are lost.