Poetry in America on TV

Hosted by Elisa New, Poetry in America draws students of all ages into conversations about poetry.

Poetry in America is a television series in production whose every half-hour episode offers the viewer a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Produced jointly and collaboratively by Professor Elisa New of Harvard University (and her independent production company, Verse Video Education), WGBH Boston (America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web), and ten-time Emmy-winning independent director and producer David Grubin, the season includes an accompanying PBS LearningMedia collection.

Joined in each episode by one distinguished poet (Sonia Sanchez, Jorie Graham, Robert Polito, Edward Hirsch, Elizabeth Alexander); by one individual well known for accomplishments outside the humanities (Bill Clinton, Frank Gehry, Joe Biden, Herbie Hancock); and by a chorus of others (a group of Harlem schoolchildren, a pick-up basketball team, the crew aboard an oceanographic vessel, a class of National Student Poets), scholar and series host Elisa New opens a conversation about poetry and encourages viewers at home to extend the discussion past the episode’s end.

Sample episodes will include:

National distribution of the Poetry in America television series is expected on Public Television Stations in April 2018.