CELEBRATING THE POWER OF POETRY
IN THE LIVES OF ORDINARY AMERICANS
Let us share your story of what a poem you love has meant to you. Whether you’re an accountant, truck driver, student, nurse or teacher, Poetry Unites invites you to tell how a poem has changed your thinking, explained your feelings, captured your imagination or touched your heart.
POETRY KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES
Poetry Unites is an essay contest and documentary film project that is dedicated to discovering and celebrating the power of poetry in the lives of ordinary Americans.
The project brings together an international team of filmmakers and nationally recognized American literary figures to create a unique documentary portrait of the life of the mind in America.
Conceived and directed by Polish-born writer and filmmaker Ewa Zadrzynska, Poetry Unites was inspired by the Favorite Poem Project of former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. The series was launched in Europe with the support of the Belgium-based Evens Foundation, and has won international acclaim for its distinctive short documentaries about the influence of poetry on everyday lives in places as diverse as Aalen, Germany, New York, Kansas and Kentucky.
Ewa Zadrzynska, Director
An acclaimed Polish-born writer and filmmaker, Ewa is the author of numerous essays, short stories and children's books. In 2006, in collaboration with the Belgium-based Evens Foundation, she created the series Poetry Unites, bringing everyday people together through poetry. She lives in New York City.
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