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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

Robert Polito, President
Caren F. Skoulas, CFO
Ydalmi Noriega, Special Assistant to the President
Chelsea Avery, Events and Logistics Coordinator
Dylan SwisherFinance and Administration Associate
Patrick Samuel, Receptionist and Fiscal Assistant

Digital Programs

James Sitar, Archive Editor
Ellen Umansky, Features Editor
Michael Slosek, Assistant Web Editor
Nuria Sheehan, Content Strategist
Micah Jefferson, Web Producer
Nicholas Szczepanik, Intern

Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

Beth Allen, Project Manager

Irwin Chen, Contributing Editor
Adam Fitzgerald, Contributing Editor
Tom Healy, Contributing Editor
Karin Roffman, Contributing Editor

Library

Katherine Litwin, Library Director
Maggie Queeney, Library Assistant
H. Melt, Education and Youth Services Assistant

Media

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

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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