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Chicago Poetry Tour Announced as Finalist for National Magazine Award

ASME’s ‘Ellie’ recognizes “imaginative use of interactivity and multimedia”

March 4, 2010

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is excited to announce that its Chicago Poetry Tour is a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Digital Media in the category of “Multimedia Feature or Package.” Fellow category finalists Esquire, New York, Newsweek, and Runner’s World are all past American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Award winners. This is the first ASME nomination for the Poetry Foundation.

The National Magazine Awards have been presented each year since 1966. The awards, sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, are regarded as the “most prestigious in the magazine industry,” according to the New York Times

“Chicago is and always has been an exciting place for poetry,” said Anne Halsey, media director at the Poetry Foundation, at the launch of the tour in April 2009. “The Chicago Poetry Tour makes clear the connections between the city’s rich literary history and its significant architectural, social, and cultural contributions.”

Featuring the work of a range of Chicago poets past and present—Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Li-Young Lee, Haki Madhubuti, Harriet Monroe, Stuart Dybek, and many more—and addressing a variety of neighborhoods and landmarks—the Loop, Bronzeville, Maxwell Street, Haymarket, Pilsen, and New Chinatown among them—the tour includes archival and contemporary recordings of poets and scholars, local music, and historic photographs. 

The tour also features the late legendary Chicago personality Studs Terkel; professor of Chicago literature Bill Savage; WBEZ’s Richard Steele; and slam poetry founder Marc Smith.

The downtown walking tour demonstrates how poetry shaped, and continues to shape, the heart of the city. From the Cultural Center to the Harold Washington Library, people can experience Chicago’s iconic architectural sights, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and the Fine Arts Building. The tour is also featured in the multimedia gallery of the City of Chicago’s official tourism website, www.explorechicago.org.

For more information on the Chicago Poetry Tour and the newly released DC Poetry Tour, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrytours.

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About Poetry Magazine

Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume I of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet. 

About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.

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