Using poetry to uncover the moments that lead to racism
Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine says that the small moments that carve gaps of misunderstanding between Americans lead to big, national moments of misunderstanding, like events in Ferguson . . .
Storymoja festival celebrates flourishing African literature
In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. It was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices . . .
"The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens
Read by Hana Bajramovic
Poet finds solace in elegy of departed son’s wild energy
When Edward Hirsch lost his son to a drug-related cardiac arrest, the poet began collecting his memories. Jeffrey Brown spoke with Hirsch near his home in New York.
Poet remembers fallen friend James Foley
Daniel Johnson reads his poem “In the Absence of Sparrows” written during the 656-day captivity of his friend, journalist James Foley. Foley was murdered by the Islamic State . . .
After fatal gun accidents, children can find comfort in poetry
Poet Gregory Orr speaks of his own childhood tragedy.
Garrison Keillor on loving poetry ‘as clear statement’
NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown spoke with Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac,” about the American Public Media . . .
Letter by letter, turning Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ into a work of art
Printing Whitman’s masterpiece by hand.
Vijay Seshadri on seeing the big picture with poetry
Pulitzer-winning poet Vijay Seshadri finds inspiration all around him and fuses the fantastic with the everyday.
Encouraging poetry through community service
Graduate students encourage poetry through community service.
Remembering civil rights history, when ‘words meant everything’
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Jeffrey Brown travel from Mississippi to Alabama and examine the role of poetry in advancing the civil rights movement's message for justice and freedom.
"The Children of the Poor" by Gwendolyn Brooks
Read by Naomi Beckwith
"The Waking" by Theodore Roethke
Read by Tom Moran
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reads “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg
Favorite Poem Project: Chicago
"Since There's No Help" by Michael Drayton
Read by Kurt Sepmeier
"When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats
Read by Samantha Kyrkostas and Dr. Charles A. "Dockie" Schlegel.
Poetry exposes truth about public housing in the Bay Area
Three young poets team up with the Off/Page Project to reveal the housing crisis in Richmond, CA.
Poet Carolyn Forché gathers 500 years of violence and conflict in new anthology
The poets featured in Carolyn Forché’s anthology, Poetry of Witness, have endured extreme conditions: warfare, censorship, forced exile.
A look at the conflict in Syria through the eyes of a young poet
Syrian-American activist Amal Kassir uses slam poetry to fuel her cause.
Rafael Campo's student physicians embrace poetry to hone art of healing
Doctor and poet Rafael Campo thinks medical school distances doctor and patient at the cost of human understanding. A possible cure? He uses poetry to help close the gap.
Bringing Persian Poetry to Western Readers
Scholar Dick Davis reflects on his journey to bring medieval Persian verse to the West.