The Universe in Verse: A Celebration of Science and Nature Through Poetry

The Universe in Verse offers poems from titans of poetic perspective, performed by a largehearted cast of scientists and artists, astronauts and poets, Nobel laureates and Grammy winners.


The Universe in Verse is an adaptation, an experiment, a Promethean campfire for the collective imagination...The Universe in Verse is...a broadening of perspective: cosmic, creaturely, temporal, scientific, humanistic — all the more vital as we find the aperture of our attention and anxiety so contracted by the acute suffering of this shared present.” — Maria Popova, curator and host
The 2020 Universe in Verse program is now past, and the livestream is not available in its entirety for viewing at this time, however, several of the 2020 program presentations are available to watch for free on Vimeo.
Although the full 2020 Universe in Verse program is not available online, the entire 2019 program is streaming for free on Vimeo.
Maria Popova also runs a fascinating blog, Brain Pickings, her one-woman labor of love exploring what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life.