Press Releases

June 30, 2011

Poetry Foundation Commemorates New Building with Community Celebration

The Poetry Foundation welcomed more than one thousand visitors to Chicago’s first home for poetry. 

June 20, 2011

Neko Case to Perform Free Concert at Poetry Foundation Open House

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.

June 10, 2011

Poetry Foundation to Open Its New Home

This month, the Poetry Foundation opens its new home in Chicago—the first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry.

May 24, 2011

Poetry Foundation Announces Open House

New cultural building dedicated to poetry opens to the public with a two-day celebration of free performances on June 25 and 26.

May 12, 2011

J. Patrick Lewis Named Children’s Poet Laureate

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.

May 10, 2011

Poetry Wins National Magazine Award for General Excellence

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.

May 2, 2011

Poetry Foundation and NEA Announce Youssef Biaz as 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion

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. 

April 29, 2011

Nine Student Finalists Compete for $50,000 at  2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals

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.

April 14, 2011

Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts Announce the 2011 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud

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. 

April 12, 2011

David Ferry Awarded 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

The $100,000 prize is awarded annually to a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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