Press Releases

April 1, 2009

Poetry Foundation Celebrates National Poetry Month

The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce an array of programming during April, including poetry films, the multimedia Chicago Poetry Tour, a recitation contest, readings, and more.

March 25, 2009

Poetry Foundation and American Public Media Launch Poetry Radio Project

Poetry Foundation and American Public Media announced today the Poetry Radio Project, a new initiative using poets and poetry to enrich public radio programming and listeners' experiences.

March 24, 2009

Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts Announce the 2009 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest

The fourth annual Poetry Out Loud National Championships will take place take place on April 27–28 in Washington, D.C. Award-winning actress Tyne Daly, A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor, journalist Jeffrey Brown, founder of Quest: arts for everyone Tim McCarty, and poets Luis Rodriguez and Patricia Smith, among others, are to serve as judges. The program will also feature a performance by singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, and NPR’s Scott Simon hosts.

March 17, 2009

Second Season of Poetry Everywhere Debuts

The Poetry Foundation is pleased to introduce 30 new short films as part of Poetry Everywhere, the poetry film series produced in collaboration with WGBH/Boston and docUWM at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

March 5, 2009

Poetry Foundation Announces Inaugural Project of Poetry Institute

The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute will consider issues related to the distribution of poems through new media.

February 2, 2009

Tony Fitzpatrick Portfolio Featured in Poetry Magazine

Inspired by post-Katrina New Orleans, “And All Other Ecstasies” is a series of poems written, painted, and drawn by Chicago-based artist and poet Tony Fitzpatrick.

January 14, 2009

Poetry Magazine and Museum of Modern Art to Cohost “Futurism and the New Manifesto”

On February 20, 1909, F.T. Marinetti's “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism” was published on the front page of Le Figaro in Paris; 100 years later in New York City, poets Charles Bernstein, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Joshua Mehigan, and A.E. Stallings will read their own manifestos, published in the February 2009 issue of Poetry magazine, plus the historic manifestos of Marinetti, Mina Loy, and others, in the public space of MoMA's Garden Lobby.

January 12, 2009

“My Nose and Me: A TragedyLite or TragiDelight in 33 Scenes”

The inaugural winner of the Poetry Foundation's Verse Drama Prize, “My Nose and Me: A TragedyLite or TragiDelight in 33 Scenes,” by John Surowiecki, will make its Chicago debut at a staged reading on Monday, February 16, at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, under the direction of Second City co-founder Bernard Sahlins.

January 7, 2009

Recently Discovered Langston Hughes Poems Published in Poetry Magazine

Three poems by the seminal African-American poet Langston Hughes have their first known publication in the January 2009 issue of Poetry magazine.

January 6, 2009

Poetry Foundation Announces Winter/Spring 2009 Literary Series

The upcoming season of public poetry events includes poetry readings by former U.S. Poet Laureates Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, and the second half of Art Beyond Borders, a yearlong partnership with the Art Institute, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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