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PBS Books, in partnership with Poetry In America, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and their network of partner libraries, present a virtual talk with poet Tracy K. Smith, in conversation with Poetry In America Executive Producer and Creator Elisa New, discussing Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” in honor of his birthday.
Do good fences really make good neighbors? Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” asks surprising questions about the role of walls in civil society. Poetry In America’s Host Elisa New and former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will delve into this classic poem.
Tracy K. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, memoirist, translator, and librettist. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017-19. Her most recent book is Such Color: New and Selected Poems. She teaches at Harvard University
To learn more about this author, visit www.tracyksmith.com.
Elisa New is the Director and Host of Poetry in America, director of the Center of Public Humanities at Arizona State University, director of Verse Video Education, and Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. New created Poetry in America, a PBS series, to bring poetry into living rooms and onto screens of all kinds. Along with the series, New produces educational materials on American poetry for all ages—from middle- and high-school students, to K-12 teachers, to lifelong learners—distributed by Harvard University, Amplify Education, and Arizona State University.
Support for the television series Poetry in America is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dalio Philanthropies, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, Deborah Hayes Stone and Max Stone. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.