Category archive: Production Diary

Production Diary 8/13

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.” 

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Production Diary: Filming the 2020 National Student Poets

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers select five of the best and brightest high school poets in the country to serve as youth poetry ambassadors. Poetry In America has been proud to feature the distinguished members of this prestigious program as guest interpreters in our previous seasons. (You can see the National Student Poets of 2016 and 2018 in our “Carl Sandburg – Skyscraper” and “Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass” episodes.)

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Production Diary: Poetry of Art, Sport, and Play

During the first two weeks of May, the Poetry in America team hit the road, filming classrooms at Greenwich Country Day School and Success Academy Charter Schools. The project? A new educational series on the Poetry of Art, Sport, and Play designed to help teachers and their students explore the intersections of poetry and other kinds of creativity– whether artistic or athletic– and to read with an eye toward fostering play and fun.

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Poetry at the White House

Last month, the Poetry in America team headed to Washington DC for one of our most exciting conversations yet: a discussion with Vice President Joe Biden on Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays.”
What would the Vice President have to say about the father/son relationship in Hayden’s poem?

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