From the Library of Congress Blog Post
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th) is a wonderful moment to showcase the many fascinating collections and archives within the Library that reflect the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
The annual online release of material from the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) is becoming a Library tradition during Hispanic Heritage Month. The archive is the Library’s collection of audio recordings of poets and writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and the LatinX community in the United States reading from their works. The collection has been curated in the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room since 1943. Every year for the past five years, we have been providing online access to 50 additional recordings from this historic archive, and with this year’s uploads, 250 recordings will now be available for online streaming. (The entire collection has almost 800 recordings, and it continues to grow).
This year’s release includes some exciting finds, such as a 1976 interview with Jorge Luis Borges, a delightful poetry reading with Brazil’s Vinicius de Moraes (known to many as the writer of Bossa Nova lyrics, such as “Garota de Ipanema”), and sessions with Catalan poet Salvador Espriu and Angolan poet Ondjaki—the archive includes writers from African countries with Portuguese and Spanish heritage—as well as readings with some of today’s most renowned LatinX poets, including Carmen Giménez Smith, Valerie Martínez, and Rigoberto González.