Welcome to the Foundation

We can trace the roots of our organization back a century into the history of Chicago, to the origins of Poetry magazine and to its founder Harriet Monroe. It is her vision that informs the work we do every day. But there is also a second woman—really a second founder—whose philanthropy has made everything the Foundation does possible. Ruth Lilly, in bestowing on poetry a significant portion of her personal wealth, ensured that Harriet Monroe’s desire to celebrate and discover the best poetry will continue long into the magazine’s second century. The Foundation, whose mission commits it to a more vigorous presence for poetry in our culture, has pursued this through a family of programs, all realized with Ms. Lilly’s generous gift. Harriet Monroe and Ruth Lilly were two women of the Midwest for whom poetry was a passion central to life itself. We celebrate their lasting gifts every day and share them with you through our work.

Poetry Foundation

Henry Bienen, Interim President
Caren F. Skoulas, CFO
Ydalmi Noriega, Manager of President's Initiatives and Board Relations
Bessie Rose, President’s Office Assistant
Chelsea Avery, Events and Logistics Coordinator
Ariel Clark-Semyck, Events & Logistics Intern
Dylan SwisherFinance and Administration Associate
Patrick Samuel, Receptionist and Fiscal Assistant
Brian Loevner, Finance Associate

Digital Programs

Cassie Mayer, Director of Digital Programs
James Sitar, Senior Editor
Ellen Umansky, Features Editor
Michael Slosek, Web Editor
Nuria Sheehan, Project Manager
Micah Jefferson, Web Producer
Karl Saffran, Permissions Coordinator
Meaghan Winston, Web Analyst
Natalia Kennedy, Web Intern


Katherine Litwin, Library Director
Maggie Queeney, Library Coordinator
H. Melt, Education and Youth Services Assistant
Jawahir Javaid, Cataloging Intern


Elizabeth Burke-Dain, Media and Marketing Director
Polly Faust, Media Assistant
Anna Jones, Media Intern

Poetry Magazine

Don Share, Editor
Fred Sasaki, Art Director
Sarah Dodson, Managing Editor
Lindsay Garbutt, Assistant Editor
Holly Amos, Editorial Assistant

Christina Pugh, Consulting Editor
Alexander Knowlton, Designer

Programming & Events

Stephen Young, Program Director
Justine Haka, Program Associate

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