POETRY UNITES reveals how much Americans have in common when they connect through their love of poetry. Using the harmonizing power of poetry, the series of 30-minute film portraits of chosen states show how easily we can feel united beyond political, racial, religious and cultural divisions.
Four episodes have already been produced: Poetry Unites New York (now on PBS AllArts Documentary Select List), Poetry Unites Kansas , Poetry Unites Kentucky , which premiered on PBS KET in April 2021.
and Poetry Unites Alabama, which was broadcast on PBS ATV in April 2022 and has been shown several times since then.
The protagonists of the film are selected through a statewide contest for the best essay written on the significance of a particular poem in the entrant’s life.
The winners are selected by a panel of poets, writers and Poet Laureates of selected states.
Currently we seek the financing for next episodes featuring Georgia, Mississippi, Minnesota, and California.
If you can, please support Poetry Unites America. Contributions are tax deductible through NYWIFT with easy donate instructions.