- The Poetry Foundation welcomed more than one thousand visitors to Chicago’s first home for poetry.
- Ninety pairs of free tickets to be awarded via a lottery drawing. The Poetry Foundation will accept entries starting at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011.
- This month, the Poetry Foundation opens its new home in Chicago—the first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry.
- New cultural building dedicated to poetry opens to the public with a two-day celebration of free performances on June 25 and 26.
- J. Patrick Lewis will serve as the nation’s third Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize.
- The magazine has won the National Magazine Award for “General Excellence, Print” in the “Literary, Political and Professional Magazines” category, and brings home its second Ellie this year.
- The Poetry Foundation and the NEA named 16-year-old Youssef Biaz of Auburn, Alabama the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 29.
- The nine high school students advanced from yesterday's semifinals; a national champion will be named tonight at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.
- 53 finalists will take part in the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Award-winning actress Kerry Washington, a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, will host.
- The $100,000 prize is awarded annually to a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.