If you’ve ever been curious about why and how a poem gets made, PoetryNow is a weekly 4-minute, modular radio program that offers an audio immersion into the concept of a poem. Listen to and follow the inner workings of a new poem as poets read and talk about their work on PoetryNow, a presentation of The Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.

Among the poets featured in the series are Tyehimba Jess, Amy King, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and Ocean Vuong.


The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture. Rather than celebrating the status quo, the Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry.

Poetry Foundation programs include:

Poetry magazine
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. To subscribe: poetrymagazine.org

Poetryfoundation.org offers a collection of 13,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 3,000 poet biographies, an online edition of Poetry magazine, and a variety of learning resources for both new and dedicated readers of poetry.

The Midwest’s only library dedicated exclusively to poetry, the Poetry Foundation Library invites the reading of poetry through its collections and public programs.

The Poetry Foundation gallery is devoted to work that resonates with poetry.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest dynamically engages hundreds of thousands of high school students each year in exploring, closely reading, memorizing, and reciting classic and contemporary poetry.  For more info: poetryoutloud.org

Events and Programs
The Poetry Foundation presents more than 100 free innovative programs yearly, including readings, lectures, concerts, dramatic performances and multimedia events that feature both established and emerging poets.

Poetry in the Media
Through active media partnerships, the Foundation works to place poetry before the widest possible audience and raise it to a more visible and influential position in American culture.




Category: Documentaries & Profiles
Duration: Modular / 4 minutes
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 06/27/2017 - 06/26/2018

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