The Sheen Center Presents POETRY IN AMERICA Featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Sheen Center Presents POETRY IN AMERICA Featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street, at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) brings the"Poetry in America" experience live to the stage of the Loreto Theater, Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:30PM.

"Poetry in America" is a new series produced by Verse Video Education and presented by WGBH, airing nationally on PBS. Every half-hour episode offers the viewer a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and discussing a single American poem by gathering distinguished interpreters from all walks of life to explore and debate unforgettable American works. Athletes, poets, politicians, musicians, architects, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, and citizens of all ages join together with host and Harvard professor Elisa New to experience and share the power of poetry. The January 31 live event at The Sheen Center, focusing on Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art," will feature a discussion of "the art of losing" through a poem that builds up a small catalog of losses - like keys and a mother's watch - before climaxing with the loss of houses, land, and a loved one. Host Elisa New welcomes guests, including singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, who will sing during the show, and poet Gregory Orr, as they discuss and interpret the poem through their individual filters and lenses, creating a larger worldview for this seemingly simple work of art.

Visit for more information about the above event as well as other theater, film, music, poetry, art, and talk events featuring artists and thought leaders including Tony Award winner Lena Hall; Grammy Award-winning musician and recording artist Eileen Ivers; and journalist and former Wall Street Journal columnist Sohrab Ahmari. Events will include the new Broadway Backstage series featuring Joe Iconis and cast members from Be More Chill, and company and creative team members from the upcoming Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me Kate; anniversary screenings of milestone films Mississippi Burning and The Wizard of Oz; direct from London's West End, the U.S. premiere production of All Our Children; an in-depth exploration of the Morgan Library & Museum exhibition Inside Tolkien: Maker Of Middle-earth; as well as special talk events tackling topical national themes including race, faith, the disabled, and more.

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture ( is a New York City arts center located in NoHo that presents a vibrant mix of theater, film, music, art and talk events. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, The Sheen Center serves all New Yorkers by presenting performances and artists that reflect the true, the good, and the beautiful. Named for the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best remembered as an inspirational author, radio host and two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality, The Sheen Center reflects his modern-day approach to contemporary topics. The Sheen Center is a state-of-the-art theater complex that includes the 270-seat off-Broadway Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition TV and live-stream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat off-off-Broadway Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery.

Tickets for "Poetry in America" are $35 - 45. Tickets/reservations for all events at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture are available online at, by phone at 212-925-2812, or in-person at The Sheen Center box office (18 Bleecker Street, at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC),Mon. - Fri. noon to 5PM.

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