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 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.
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.
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.