- 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.
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.
- 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.
- The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute will consider issues related to the distribution of poems through new media.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Three poems by the seminal African-American poet Langston Hughes have their first known publication in the January 2009 issue of Poetry magazine.
- 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.