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POETRY from the Poetry Foundation App Nominated for Webby Award

Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences nominates app in ‘Education & Reference’ category

April 10, 2013

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is proud to announce that the POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app is a nominee for a Webby Award in the “Education & Reference (Handheld Devices)” category. POETRY from the Poetry Foundation shares distinguished company with fellow finalists MoMA Art Lab, Sesame Street Mobile, Annes Amsterdam, and Duolingo.

This is the first Webby Award nomination for the POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app, and it comes with two additional honors. The Poetry Foundation website has been named as an honoree in the “Associations” category, and the Poetry Out Loud website has been named an honoree in the “Youth” category.

The Webby Awards are administered by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and were established in 1996. Mashable.com considers the Webby Awards “the Oscars of the Web,” and the New York Times has named them “the Internet’s highest honor.”

The POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app is eligible to win both the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Choice Award. Fans can vote on the Webby Awards site.

“The gamelike interface of the POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app makes poetry fun and accessible to a broad audience while reinforcing the notion that poems serve a purpose for many moods and occasions,” said Catherine Halley, director of digital programs. “The reviews in the iTunes store are full of stories from people who never read poetry until they discovered the app, and are now addicted to it.”

Called “essential” by New York Times reviewer Bob Tedeschi, the free POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app is a virtual poetry library and is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android. Updated regularly with new poets and poems, the POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app offers a searchable database of poems to suit any mood or occasion; a folder for saving favorite poems; the capacity to share poems with friends through email and social media; and an engaging, user-friendly interface—reminiscent of a slot machine—that suggests poems according to theme and subject matter. In addition, the iPad edition of the POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app includes free digital back issues of Poetry magazine.

“The POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app brings thousands of poems to mobile devices, ensuring that the best poetry reaches the largest possible audience,” said Poetry Foundation president John Barr. “It's an honor to be nominated.”

The Poetry Foundation’s website, poetryfoundation.org, and its companion site, poetryoutloud.org, are also 2013 Webby honorees.

Poetryfoundation.org hosts an archive of more than 10,000 poems as well as feature articles about poetry, a Learning Lab, Harriet the blog, original podcasts, the century-old archive of Poetry magazine, and more. The Poetry Foundation website launched in 2006 and won a Webby Award in 2007.

Created in 2006 to support Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the national program co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, poetryoutloud.org has a continually updated archive of over 600 poems, tips for students and teachers, and additional educational poetry resources.

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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 poetryfoundation.org.

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