Press Releases

May 1, 2014

Announcing Printers Ball 2014: Chatter

 The 10th annual celebration of literary culture and printmaking will offer a robust schedule of performances, live printmaking demos, exhibitions, food and drink tastings, and outdoor entertainment on Saturday, June 28 from 4 – 9 pm.

May 1, 2014

Poetry Foundation May Programming

The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce our May offerings. Except when otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago.

April 30, 2014

Final Contest for the Title of National Poetry Out Loud Champion on April 30, 2014

Nine student finalists representing high schools from Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, and West Virginia match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in a contest for the title of National Poetry Out Loud Champion and a $20,000 award. Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. - See more at:

April 2, 2014

Poetry Out Loud National Finals

The end of National Poetry Month marks the start of the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition, as 53 high school students from across the country gather in Washington, DC, on April 29-30, 2014 for the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.

March 31, 2014

Children’s Poetry Day: Poetry and Adventure

“Poetry and Adventure” is the theme of this year’s Children’s Poetry Day, to be held Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Poetry Foundation Library.

March 17, 2014

Favorite Poem Project: Chicago

Favorite Poem Project and Chicago’s own Poetry Foundation have chosen the favorite poems of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and five other Chicagoans to be featured in the video initiative Favorite Poem Project: Chicago that will launch on Fri. April 11

March 12, 2014

The World Record – A Global Gathering of Poets

The literary exhibition on view at the Poetry Foundation until April 30 is The World Record, an autograph edition of poems handwritten in the native languages of over a hundred contemporary poets including Seamus Heaney, Qassim Haddad, Selina Tusitala, and Kay Ryan, to name a few.

March 5, 2014

The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute Launches Its Poets in the World Series

The eight new titles in the Poets in the World series offer English-speaking audiences a rare glimpse at the work
 of contemporary poets who have shaped literary traditions from around the globe.

March 3, 2014

Poetry Magazine Presents Poems of Provocation and Witness

The March 2014 issue of Poetry presents 24 poems from 16 poets addressing history, society and current events, in a portfolio coedited with Split This Rock.

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