For Immediate Release

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Free Poetry

Complimentary April issue distributed to book clubs and reading groups

February 1, 2013

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is pleased to announce a giveaway of Poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. A limited number of free copies of the April 2013 issue of Poetry magazine will be available to individuals, book clubs, and reading groups that request them by March 24. New for 2013, readers will also have the option to receive a digital version of the issue. Issues will ship in late March to ensure receipt during National Poetry Month.

The April 2013 issue of Poetry includes new poems by Adam Kirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Eavan Boland, Michael Robbins, Randall Mann, Dean Young, Lucie Brock-Broido, and J.T. Barbarese; prose by Christina Pugh; first appearances by Anna Maria Hong, Gwyneth Lewis, Mary Moore Easter, and Jamaal May; and the continuation of the feature “A Few More Don’ts,” (commemorating Ezra Pound’s famous “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste”) featuring Marjorie Perloff, William Logan, and Sina Queyras.

Participants in past years, including classroom teachers, reading groups, retirement communities, and individuals, have used the giveaway to expose new audiences to poetry. A teacher wrote of the initiative, “This was a wonderful opportunity to share poetry with my students, who mostly come from a background that does not necessarily value poetry.” A member of a reading group noted that, by reading Poetry together, members developed a new appreciation for poetry and planned to read more of it. “Some were still talking about it days after our meeting. The poetry discussion left more of a lasting impression than any fiction or nonfiction book we have ever discussed.”

Requests, including only one mailing address per reading group, will be accepted online through poetryfoundation.org/npm. Because of the cost of shipping and handling, each group is limited to 10 free copies.

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About Poetry
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 1 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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