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Performers, public figures and everyday Americans join host Elisa New to read and discuss unforgettable American poems. The poems in Season 4 take us from colonial Boston to the halls of Congress, from Texas Hill Country to Central Park. Guests range from poets to celebrity chefs, from actors to ice cream makers, from political strategists to preachers and more.

Support for Poetry in America is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dalio Family Fund, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Deborah Hayes Stone and Max Stone, Nancy Zimmerman and Walmart. Seasons 4 & 3 are distributed to PBS stations nationwide by PBS Plus, with Seasons 1 & 2 distributed nationally by American Public Television.
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Poems by Wheatley with Amanda Gorman, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Richard Blanco, and more.
Leslie Jamison, Olivia Gatwood, & more read a sonnet by Millay with host Elisa New.
Linda Hogan & Alberto Ríos explore their poems with host Elisa New, Jeff Corwin & more.
Elisa New, Emily Oster, Sharon Olds, & Bernadette Mayer explore poems on motherhood.
Caroline Kennedy, Tracy K. Smith & more read Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” with Elisa New.
Cassandra Wilson, Elisa New & more read Evie Shockley’s “you can say that again, billie.”
DJ Spooky, Joshua Bennett, & more discuss A.R. Ammon’s “Cascadilla Falls” with Elisa New.
Gloria Estefan & more read Richard Blanco’s "Looking for The Gulf Motel" with Elisa New.
Tony Kushner, David Strathairn & more read Whitman’s “The Wound-Dresser” with Elisa New.
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Consider the poetics, and politics, of fungi with poems by Sylvia Plath and Kay Ryan.
Read the elegiac poetry of Joseph Brodsky, a Cold War Russian exile, with host Elisa New.
Poems by Wheatley with Amanda Gorman, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Richard Blanco, and more.
Leslie Jamison, Olivia Gatwood, & more read a sonnet by Millay with host Elisa New.
Linda Hogan & Alberto Ríos explore their poems with host Elisa New, Jeff Corwin & more.