The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine has died at age 87. A former auto factory worker, Levine often wrote about working class life. He published more than 20 volumes of verse and was named U.S. poet laureate from 2011 to 2012. We revisit a 2010 profile of Levine by Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, right, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, center right, launch the series “Where Poetry Lives.” Their first stop: Brooklyn. Photo by Anne Davenport/NewsHour “A short walk in the park, a sax, a lot of poetry: Memories … Continue reading
In our new series, "Where Poetry Lives," Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate of the United States, and Jeffrey Brown spends time at the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Brooklyn. The international program works with people with dementia to try to trigger memory by playfully engaging with language. Continue reading
The Library of Congress reappointed U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to a second term on Monday. Though she is not the first in her position to receive the honor of an extended post, the announcement does have special meaning for us at the PBS NewsHour.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey was named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, the Library of Congress announced Thursday — noting her ability to “dig beneath the surface of history.” The NewsHour first profiled her in 2006 for her third book of poems, “Native Guard.” Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
“A poet should be private and invisible,” says U.K. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, “This is a different way of being a poet, to be laureate.” Meanwhile, “I think we witness things, but are not witnessed,” says U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine. They reflect with Jeffrey Brown on having very public roles as private poets. Continue reading
Philip Levine, a former auto worker who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was named Wednesday as the next poet laureate of the United States. Jeffrey Brown profiled Levine last year. Continue reading
Much of former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s writing has focused on American life. He takes a look back at his career with Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading