Poetry in America, created and directed by Harvard professor Elisa New, is a multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world.
In partnership with HarvardX, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, Poetry in America offers free online courses for global learners as well as for-credit and professional development courses for undergraduates, graduate students and educational practitioners. The public television series, Poetry in America, is currently in production with our partners WGBH Boston and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, David Grubin.
Poetry in America is filmed on location in a rich documentary style. From our base in Cambridge, we follow Allen Ginsberg to San Francisco, Gwendolyn Brooks to the South Side of Chicago, and Emily Dickinson to Amherst. Along the way, scientists and Supreme Court justices, playwrights and journalists, athletes and songwriters, poets and painters, and classroom teachers and their students join us to reflect on essential works of the American literary imagination.
Dozens of guest interpreters join the conversation– they include:
Bill Clinton | Herbie Hancock | Elena Kagan | Nas | Sonia Sanchez | Joe Biden | Katie Couric | Tony Kushner | Robert Pinsky | Frank Gehry | Billy Collins | Eve Ensler | Shane Battier | Jason Collins | Julie Taymor | John McCain | Al Gore | Elizabeth Alexander | Randi Weingarten | David Coleman | Michael Pollan | Kate Burton | Diane Paulus | John Lithgow | Lil Buck Riley | Natalia Zukerman | Alicia Jo Rabins | Greg LeMond | Amber Tamblyn | Anne-Marie Slaughter | Edward Hirsch | Tom Steyer | James and Deb Fallows | Yusef Komunyakaa | Clint Smith | … and many more
Poetry in America is a production of Verse Video Education, a not-for-profit organization founded by Elisa New that produces the highest quality educational media across disciplines.