Through a variety of collaborations, the Foundation invests in poetry programming to reach the American public across the full media spectrum. Over time, the Poetry Foundation aims to achieve a more robust presence for poetry-related stories in print, radio, television, film, and social media.
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Ours Poetica is an online video series, hosted on a dedicated YouTube channel, that captures the intimate experience of holding a poem in your hands and listening as it is read by a distinctive voice; Season One is presented by the Poetry Foundation and Complexly, Ours Poetica features poets, writers, artists, and sometimes unexpected—yet familiar—guests who have an interest in poetry.
Subscribe and watch at YouTube.com/OursPoetica.
American Life in Poetry
American Life in Poetry is a free weekly column for newspapers, online publications, and individuals that features contemporary American poems selected and introduced by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Nationally syndicated to millions of readers across the country each week, the column is funded by the Poetry Foundation with administrative support provided by the English Department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Slowdown is weekday poetry podcast and radio feature hosted by two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, the Library of Congress, and American Public Media. The five-minute program encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. The podcast will launch on November 26, 2018 and will be available for broadcast on US public radio stations beginning January 14, 2019.
The Poetry Series, featured on the PBS NewsHour and funded by the Poetry Foundation, engages a broader audience with poetry through a series of thoughtful, in-depth reports on contemporary poets and poetry. The series includes short-form profiles of living American poets and long-form segments on current debates in poetry. Segments in the series have featured Washington, DC-area high school students as they prepare for and participate in the national poetry recitation contest, reports on the poetry of the Middle East and the business of publishing poetry, and profiles of poets, including Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, John Ashbery, Li-Young Lee, Natasha Trethewey, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
Children’s Poetry Programming from HBO
The Poetry Foundation has partnered with HBO to produce two specials designed to introduce children to poetry through animation and song. Classical Baby (I’m Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show features the voice talents of Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Wright, Andy Garcia, and John Lithgow. The show received an Emmy? for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2008. A Child’s Garden of Poetry features readings from Claire Danes, Carrie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ziggy Marley, Dave Matthews, Natalie Merchant, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Jeffrey Wright. The show received an Emmy? for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2011. Both shows are available on DVD.
National Public Radio and NPR.org
The Poetry Foundation’s support allows NPR to produce more stories about poetry on the radio and online and to create innovative features like “NewsPoet,” in which a poet is invited into the NPR All Things Considered newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. Featured poets include Tracy K. Smith, Craig Morgan Teicher, and Kevin Young.
New York Times Poetry Pairing
In the weekly “Poetry Pairing” series, the Poetry Foundation collaborates with The Learning Network of the New York Times to feature a poem from Poetry magazine or from the public domain alongside content from the Times that somehow echoes, extends, or challenges the poem’s themes.
PoetryNow is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem. Produced in partnership by the Poetry Foundation and WFMT Radio Network.