For Immediate Release

Poetry Nominated for National Magazine Award

American Society of Magazine Editors names magazine a finalist for ‘General Excellence’

April 5, 2011

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is proud to announce that the magazine is a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the category of “General Excellence, Print.” Poetry shares distinguished company with fellow finalists Lapham’s Quarterly, The Paris Review, The Sun, and Virginia Quarterly Review in the “Literary, Political and Professional Magazines” category. This is the third Ellie nomination for the Poetry Foundation, but the first for the print magazine—the Chicago Poetry Tour and Poetry Magazine podcast were nominated for Digital Ellies in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and the Poetry Magazine podcast won the National Magazine Award for Digital Media in the “Podcasting” category in March 2011.

The American Society of Magazine Editors’ awards for print journalism 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.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for our work in print, especially so soon after ASME awarded our efforts in digital media,” said magazine editor Christian Wiman. “Poetry will be turning 100 next year, and with each issue the magazine has stayed true to its original mission to discover and celebrate the best poetry. We’re so grateful for this nomination and proud to be included in such fine company.”

Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Poetry’s editorial mission is to discover new voices, present new work by internationally recognized poets, and enliven discussion about and readership for contemporary poetry. 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 recent years, more than a third of the authors published in the magazine have been writers appearing for the first time.

By showcasing both established and emerging poets alongside provocative reviews, essays, and criticism, Poetry sparks conversation and brings new readers to the art form. And it does so in innovative ways. The April and December issues featured questions and answers with both established poets—2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout, H.L. Hix, and Jane Hirshfield—and newer talents—Sina Queyras, Cathy Park Hong, and Spencer Reece. The September issue presented new work by Wisława Szymborska and Yusef Komunyakaa. And the October issue offered a collection of poems from 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner Eleanor Ross Taylor and the late Rachel Wetzsteon, a conversation between critic Ange Mlinko and Iain McGilchrist about poetry and neuroscience, and Fanny Howe’s look at an unearthed poetry manuscript from the Holocaust.

“A month at a time, for a century now, Poetry magazine has made a home for the best in poetry and criticism,” said Poetry Foundation president John Barr. “Everyone here is deeply gratified by the honor of this nomination.”

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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, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It 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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