Listen to a selection of poems, read by the author, from Harvard Woodberry Poetry Room’s archives.
In celebration of the Woodberry Poetry Room’s 90th anniversary, the T.S. Eliot estate has granted Harvard permission to make Eliot’s earliest known poetry recordings available to the public. This includes a reading originally released on the Harvard Vocarium label in 1933 and later compiled in 1951 (the playlist below), and a complete live reading Eliot gave at Sanders Theatre in 1947 (available on Soundcloud).
Poet and scholar Eve Ewing brings poetry to the city blockRead more in the To Serve Better collection
Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’
Harvard archive shines an academic light on the social, poetic, and musical complexities of hip-hop
First Radcliffe cohort fellows set the feminist stage
When discussing verse, Elisa New says, celebrity quickly drops away
Harvard poet Stephanie Burt’s new volume explores gender, memory
Harvard film re-creates 18th-century slavery debate
Alaskan poet and Radcliffe fellow Joan Naviyuk Kane shares her dedication to sustaining King Island Inupiaq, her Native Alaskan language, through poetry.
Harvard Radcliffe Institute presents Transients: A Poetry Reading and Discussion with Douglas Ridloff, founder and executive director of ASL Slam, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces for the Deaf community to thrive in the many modalities of their native language.
As part of the Provocation series, The Woodberry Poetry Room presents poet Cathy Park Hong in conversation with Maggie Nelson (award-winning author of “The Argonauts”) about Hong’s latest work, “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.”
Vocarium Reading series
The Woodberry Poetry Room’s Vocarium Reading series presents poets M. NourbeSe Philip (author of “Zong!”) and Cecilia Vicuña (author of “Spit Temple: The Selected Performances” of Cecilia Vicuña). This reading is a part of the Poetry Room’s fall 2020 celebration of pioneering women poets from around the world, in commemoration of the centennial of US women’s suffrage.
A public classroom
Created and directed by Harvard professor Elisa New in partnership with Harvard, “Poetry in America” is a public television series and multi-platform educational initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world.
“Poetry in America” offers free online courses for global learners as well as for-credit and professional development courses for undergraduates, graduate students, highly motivated high-school students, and educational practitioners.
Haiku and You—"Painting Edo" and the Arnold Arboretum
Join professor David Atherton, curator Rachel Saunders, poet Sheryl White, and professor David George Haskell to discover haiku this spring, inspired by the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Art Museums exhibition "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection"!
VOCARIUM SERIES: Tongo Eisen-Martin & Sonia Sanchez
The Woodberry Poetry Room inaugurates their 90th Anniversary celebrations with a reading by poet, activist, and icon Sonia Sanchez and poet, movement worker, and the newly-appointed laureate of San Francisco Tongo Eisen-Martin.
NATIVE AMERICANS & THE NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS: A HUNAP Reading by Joy Harjo
The Woodberry Poetry Room is excited to support this reading by the 23rd poet laureate of the United States Joy Harjo, who is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). Sponsored by the Harvard University Native American Program.