Meena Alexander’s latest collection of poems, “Birthplace with Buried Stones,” will be published Sept. 30, 2013. Alexander is an English professor at the City University of New York and teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her volumes of poetry include “Illiterate Heart” (winner of the EN Open Book Award), “Raw Silk” and “Quickly Changing River.”
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.
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey kicks off the “Where Poetry Lives” tour with NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown in New York. Photos by Anne Davenport Editor’s Note: PBS NewsHour kicks off a special poetry series with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. “Where … 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
PBS NewsHour kicks off a special poetry series with Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. “Where Poetry Lives” features Trethewey and NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown. The pair will be on-location, reporting on issues that matter to Americans through the framework of poetry. In … Continue reading
Poet Billy Collins reads “The Names,” his tribute to the victims of 9/11 and their family members. This video was part of the NewsHour’s coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
World-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died at age 74 in his native Ireland after a brief illness. Jeffrey Brown looks back on an interview he did with the poet two years ago, when Heaney reflected on his life and work and read a section from his poem, “Album.”
Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. His poem — simply called “Massacre” — was an angry, howling rant against the government and a plea for support for the fledgling pro-democracy movement.