Elisa New

Elisa (Lisa) New is the Creator and Host of Poetry in America, the Director of Verse Video Education, and the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in classic American literature from the Puritans through the present day. Her multi-platform initiative, Poetry in America, attracts learners worldwide and features special guests Bill Clinton, Elena Kagan, Nas, Billy Collins, Herbie Hancock, and more. She is the author of The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry (Cambridge University Press,  1992); The Line’s Eye: Poetic Experience, American Sight (Harvard University Press, 1999);  Jacob’s Cane: A Jewish Family’s Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore: A Memoir in Five Generations (Basic Books, 2009); and New England Beyond Criticism: In Defense of America’s First Literature, A Wiley Blackwell Manifesto (Wiley Blackwell 2014). Her current book project is How to Read American Poetry, a companion text to the various projects embraced by the multi-platform Poetry in America initiative, to be published by Wiley Blackwell.