On November 3rd, 2021, this year’s National Book Award winning poet Martín Espada spoke with high schoolers in our dual-enrollment course Poetry in America: Poetry of the City from Whitman to Hip Hop.
roduction for Season 4 of Poetry in America continues on location in the East Village with some exciting guests! On November 8th and 9th, our Host Elisa New and Producer Cathleen O’Connell went down to New York City to interview some exciting guests.
On Friday August 13th, Harvard Magazine published a review by Professor Elisa New of Kevin Young’s 1,000-plus page anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song. A polymath, Young is, among other things, the Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the poetry editor for The New Yorker, the author of 15 volumes of poetry and prose, and the prolific editor of eight previous collections of poetry.
On Friday August 13th, we met up with a local film crew on Cape Cod not for a day of pina coladas, go-karts, sandcastles, lobsters, and waffle cones, but to continue filming season 4! We filmed three guests on Martín Espada’s poem of the invisibility of labor, and the nausea of looking back down the socioeconomic ladder, “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper.”
On July 8th 2021, Steven Mintz, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed on more effective ways to narrow the preparation gap between talented college-bound students.
On July 13th, 2021, Andrew Yawn published an article on the experience of students at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who enrolled in Poetry In America: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop last Fall via Arizona State University.
On July 15th, 2021, Poetry in America host Professor Elisa New wrote a letter to the editor of Inside Higher Ed, entitled “Bridging the moat between K-12 and higher education.”
On Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, Poetry in America filmed two roundtable discussions in our Brighton, MA office. Footage from these roundtables will be added to a forthcoming Poetry in America course for high school students and other learners, which will cover American poetry from 1850 to 1945.
Last week, host Elisa New and producer Cathleen O’Connell travelled down the East Coast to film several guests for Poetry in America Season Four!
Did you know that President John F. Kennedy’s final speech, at the dedication of Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library in 1963, hailed Robert Frost as a guardian of democracy and a role model for students?
On Thursday, June 3rd, Poetry in America Host Elisa New gave a presentation to educators at the NYC Department of Education’s Beyond Access Forum. Over 600 New York City teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians, and other education professionals tuned in to the virtual presentation, ELA for Social and Emotional Learning: Poetry and Renewal.
Poetry in America host Elisa New joined Al Filreis’s Poem Talk podcast on May 14th. New joined guests Jane Malcolm and Sophia DuRose to discuss Edna St. Vincent Millay’s …
On April 6th, 2021, PIA host Professor Elisa New and Planet Word Museum’s led “Poems for the Pandemic.”
Last month, on February 19th, 2021, The New York Times highlighted the work we’ve been doing with our partners at the National Educational Equity Lab in a front-page article by Erica L. Green, “A Program Inspires Ivy League Dreams in Disadvantaged Teens.”
Poetry is having a moment! Viewers of both this year’s Presidential Inauguration and Super Bowl watched Amanda Gorman deliver her poems on the national stage.
On January 27, 2021, in the wake of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, partners Theater of War and Poetry in America presented live readings of Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays” by actors Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit) and Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Rushmore), along with a recording of the new President reading the poem.
Poetry in America reunited with PBS Books on January 12th, 2021 to host another virtual event on trailblazing women poets.