Poetry Out Loud

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we check in with Connecticut Humanities to discuss why poetry is important in today's society. Does teaching poetry in our schools really matter in this era of STEM and standardized testing?

We are joined today by Scott Wands, Manager of Grants at Connecticut Humanities who manages Poetry Out Loud in Connecticut, and Susan Ballek, Executive Director and CEO of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, home of the long running Sunken Garden Poetry Festival program.

In honor of National Poetry Month, it's the Poetry Forum on this edition of Vox Pop, when we ask you to read your favorite poems. Our panel of poets is also in studio with their works and their favorites. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.