Press Releases

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.

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: http://arts.gov/news/2014/final-contest-title-national-poetry-out-loud-champion-april-30-2014#sthash.HLP5g2Jt.dpuf

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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