English & Language Arts


New! Cascadilla Falls: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Picking up a hand-sized stone near a rushing waterfall, the speaker of A.R. Ammons’s poem “Cascadilla Falls” is catapulted into the cosmos. Planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton, composer DJ Spooky, geologist Daniel Schrag, poet Joshua Bennett, CEO Larry Berger, and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein join host Elisa New to consider Ammons’s window onto the vast workings of the universe.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! The Language of the Brag and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Sharon Olds’ “The Language of the Brag” and Bernadette Mayer’s “The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters” are exuberant, boisterous tributes to motherhood. Both poets join host Elisa New, actor Donna Lynne Champlin, writer Emily Oster, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, obstetrician Lorna Wilkerson, and co-founders of Our Bodies Ourselves to explore the miracle, and mess, of creating new life.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Looking for the Gulf Motel: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Richard Blanco's poem "Looking for The Gulf Motel" transports readers to 1970s Florida, recalling a Cuban American family’s vacations on the sparkling sands of Marco Island. Blanco and international superstar Gloria Estefan join Elisa New and a chorus of Cuban American adults in Miami and middle school students in New York City to reflect on family and what it means to call a place home.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Mending Wall: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Do good fences really make good neighbors? Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” asks surprising questions about the role of walls in civil society. Host Elisa New gathers Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, author Julia Alvarez, political commentator David Gergen, Frost biographer and poet Jay Parini, poet Rhina Espaillat, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to delve into this classic poem.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Poetry in America (Season 3) 240 min.

In Poetry in America, guests read and discuss unforgettable American poems with host Elisa New. The poems in Season 3 take us from tight-knit Cuban neighborhoods in Miami to Robert Frost’s green Vermont, from the antebellum South to the cold interstellar bodies of the cosmos. Guests range from poets to pop stars to ambassadors to young students.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Two poems, by Linda Hogan and Alberto Ríos, follow wolves, jackrabbits, and other animals across the harsh Great Plains and Sonoran Desert. Both poets join wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin, film director Chris Eyre, Native American scholars Philip Deloria and Stephanie Fitzgerald, and a chorus of students to discuss how the poems call back difficult histories of human migration in the American west.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Sonnet IV: I shall forget you presently, my dear: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

In 1920s Greenwich Village, Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote sonnets that toppled clichés of love and romance. To probe this unsentimental break-up poetry, host Elisa New speaks with musician Natalia Zukerman, poet Olivia Gatwood, New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes, writer Leslie Jamison, scholar of Greenwich Village Jeffery Kennedy, and a chorus of National Student Poets.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! The Wound-Dresser: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Explore Walt Whitman’s “The Wound-Dresser,” set in the battlefield infirmaries and operating theaters of 1860s Washington, D.C. Actor David Strathairn, playwright Tony Kushner, composer Matthew Aucoin, opera star Davóne Tines, physician-writers Rafael Campo and Abraham Verghese, and historian Drew Faust join Elisa New to discuss how the trauma of the Civil War shaped American history.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! you can say that again, billie: Poetry in America (Season 3) 26 min.

Billie Holiday’s haunting song “Strange Fruit” winds beneath the unsettling, satiric humor of Evie Shockley’s poem “you can say that again, billie.” Shockley, jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, historian Robin D.G. Kelley, actor LisaGay Hamilton, novelist Beverly Lowry, and radio host Nick Spitzer join Elisa New to discuss the history of racism, violence, and artistic tradition in the American south.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Letters to Eloisa 54 min.

Letters to Eloisa tells the story of José Lezama Lima, a writer of the Latin American Literary Boom. His novel Paradiso was regarded as a masterpiece, but its homoerotic content set him on a collision course with the Cuban revolutionary government. Relying on letters to his sister in exile, the film speaks of the pain of separation, the Cuban revolution, and the silencing of a literary genius.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021