Press Releases

December 15, 2014

Poetry Foundation Announces Winter/Spring Events

Poetry Foundation’s winter/spring 2015 events season ranges from a screening and discussion of David Grubin and Bob Holman’s film about lost languages to a theatrical performance of the poems of playwright August Wilson to a talk by former NEA chair Dana Gioia.

November 17, 2014

Poetry Foundation Partners with 2014 Miami Book Fair and O, Miami Poetry Festival

In a first-ever collaboration, the Poetry Foundation, Miami Book Fair and O, Miami present the 31st Miami Book Fair International. These three literary organizations have brought together over forty American and international poets in all stages of their careers to assemble and share their work, sign books, lead workshops, give interviews and celebrate poetry.

September 26, 2014

Poetry Day: Carolyn Forché and Jamaal May

The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Public Library are pleased to feature the poets Carolyn Forché and Jamaal May at the 60th annual Poetry Day, one of the oldest and most distinguished reading series in the country.

September 15, 2014

2014 Prizes for Contributors to Poetry Announced

Poetry magazine awards eight annual prizes for the best work published in Poetry during the past 12 months. Thomas Sayers Ellis, Claudia Rankine, Franny Choi, Jamaal May, Kareem James Abu-Zeid, francine j. harris, Tom Sleigh and Frances Richard will receive the 2014 prizes for their poems, translations and prose in Poetry.

September 2, 2014

2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced

The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships: Hannah Gamble, Solmaz Sharif, Danez Smith, Ocean Vuong and Wendy Xu. Among the largest awards offered to aspiring poets in the United States, the $25,800 scholarship prize is intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry and is open to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.

August 7, 2014

Poetry Foundation Announces Fall Events Season

The Poetry Foundation’s fall event season embraces poetry in an array of offerings that range from an experimental oratorio to an audio installation of a Parisian soundscape to a special evening with superstar soprano Renée Fleming and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand. There will also be a lecture by Timothy Donnelly, new poems by A.E. Stallings, Eileen Myles, Carolyn Forché, and Jamaal May, and so much more.

August 6, 2014

Poem and Paper Pay Tribute to Chicago’s 77 Communities

The Poetry Foundation is pleased to launch the creation of The Chicago 77, a 77-line poem comprised of found text and objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas, with a public event on August 23, 2014 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event will be held at the Papermaker’s Garden at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, 728 S. Wabash Ave.

July 1, 2014

The Secret Birds: New Drawings by Tony Fitzpatrick

The Secret Birds, an exhibition of recent drawings by Tony Fitzpatrick, is on display at the Poetry Foundation Gallery, 61 West Superior Street, from July 1 - September 12, 2014. Tony Fitzpatrick brings together his talents as an actor, dramatist, poet, and visual artist for an exquisite presentation of his work at the Poetry Foundation. 

May 6, 2014

Nathaniel Mackey Awarded 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

The Poetry Foundation is honored to announce the winners of two poetry awards. The 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living U.S. poet for outstanding lifetime achievement, is awarded to Nathaniel Mackey; and the Foundation’s first annual Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, a prize for book-length works of criticism, goes to University of California Press for two books in their Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series: Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays, edited by Peter Quartermain, and Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose, edited by James Maynard.  Both books were published in 2014.

May 5, 2014

Poetry Magazine Wins Ellie Award for General Excellence in Literature, Science and Politics

The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are pleased to announce that Poetry magazine took the prize for General Excellence in the category of literature, science, and politics on Thursday, May 1 in an award ceremony hosted by The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and The Columbia School of Journalism.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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