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William Gordon Drenttel, 1953-2013 December 30, 2013: [caption id="attachment_79341" align="alignright" width="500"] William Gordon Drenttel, 1953-2013[/caption] The Poetry Foundation lost a friend and one of its creators when Bill Drenttel passed away just before Christmas. From the Foundation’s earliest days, Bill sat at our table and helped turn the unformed potential of the Lilly gift into [...] by

Now It’s Time to Record Your Rime! November 21, 2013: We're thrilled to be partnering with the Brooklyn Academy of Music to collect your renditions of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" through our Record-A-Poem project at SoundCloud. The good folks at BAM are staging a production of Fiona Shaw's Tony Award nominated play The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and they'd love [...] by

Emily Dickinson Haunts the Poetry Foundation October 22, 2013: The Poetry Foundation library is haunted by the ghost of Emily Dickinson these days. Or so it seems. We've borrowed a copy of the poet's only surviving dress from the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts as part of the current gallery exhibition, "Forever – is composed of Nows –," which features work by Jen Bervin, Marta [...] by

Teen Summer Poetry Camp July 2, 2013: If you're a teen in Chicago and you're reading this, it's time to get away from the computer and get thee to the PF for a summer poetry camp. Starting next week, we're hosting a series of workshops at our 61 West Superior Street building. It's all free—you just have to sign up. More: Thursday, Jul 11, 10:30AM–12:30PM Thursday, Jul [...] by

New Children’s Poet Laureate: Kenn Nesbitt June 18, 2013: The Poetry Foundation announced its newest Children's Poet Laureate: Kenn Nesbitt. Nesbitt is the author of The Tighty-Whitey Spider (2010), My Hippo Has the Hiccups (2009), and Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007). He was born in Berkeley, California and grew up across the golden state, in Fresno and San Diego, before majoring in computer [...] by

The Next Editor of Poetry Magazine Is…. Don Share!! May 29, 2013: The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce Don Share as the next editor of Poetry magazine. Share will begin his tenure July 1, 2013, as the magazine’s 12th editor in its 101-year history, following the departure of his longtime colleague, outgoing editor Christian Wiman. Currently senior editor of the magazine, Share, 56, brings 25 [...] by

Remember, Cathy Wagner and Dana Ward Are Reading Tomorrow! May 29, 2013: Yes, our Harriet summer reading series is popping off starting tomorrow with Cathy Wagner and Dana Ward! We're opening the doors at 6:30 pm at the PoFo, reading to commence at the strike of 7:00. All ye need to know can be found here. by

Langston Ward Wins 2013 Poetry Out Loud Finals May 14, 2013: Last week, after approximately nine months of competition and more than 375,000 competitors, Langston Ward of Spokane, Washington took top honors as the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Ward wowed the judges—and the crowd—with recitations of “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee, “A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown” [...] by

Vote for POETRY from the Poetry Foundation for a Webby Award, Pretty Please April 10, 2013: [caption id="attachment_64582" align="alignnone" width="500"] POETRY from the Poetry Foundation nominated for a Webby![/caption] Our app—POETRY from the Poetry Foundation—has been nominated for a Webby Award. This is a great, great honor. Mashable.com calls the Webbys “the Oscars for the Web.” The POETRY app is eligible to win both [...] by

James Langer on Beauty March 29, 2013: Last month, we pointed you towards Sue Sinclair's series of interviews with poets at Lemon Hound about their relationship to beauty. There's a new interview this week with Newfoundland-based James Langer, whose first collection of poetry, Gun Dogs, was published by Anansi in 2009. Sinclair always asks the poets the same three [...] by