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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.

Office of the President

Henry Bienen, President
Maris Maeve O’Tierney, President's Assistant and Secretary to the Board
Caren F. Skoulas, CFO
Ydalmi Noriega, Community and Foundation Relations Director
Sarah Whitcher, Media and Marketing Director
Alex Benjamin, Events and Logistics Coordinator
Leo Williams, Events Intern
Anne Dockery, Finance & Administration Associate
Krystal Languell, Finance Associate
Angelica Flores, Reception & Fiscal Assistant
Meg Forajter, Poetry Ambassador
Michael Keating, Poetry Ambassador
Xandria Phillips, Poetry Ambassador
Me’Chelle Robinson, Poetry Ambassador
Tracy Woodley, Poetry Ambassador

Digital Programs

Harlan Wallach, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Digital Programs
James Sitar, Senior Editor
Jeremy Lybarger, Features Editor
Michael Slosek, Web Editor
Rebecca Stoner, Permissions Coordinator
Nuria Sheehan, Project Manager
Janet Cheung, Web Producer


Katherine Litwin, Library Director
Maggie Queeney, Library Associate
Stefania Gomez, Education and Youth Services Assistant


Sarah Whitcher, Media and Marketing Director
Elizabeth O’Connell-ThompsonMedia Associate
Emily Bieniek, Media Assistant
Hannah Kucharzak, Marketing & Production Assistant

Poetry Magazine

Don Share, Editor
Fred Sasaki, Art Director
Lindsay Garbutt, Associate Editor
Holly Amos, Assistant Editor
Christina Pugh, Consulting Editor
Hannah Kucharzak, Marketing & Production Assistant

Programming & Events

Stephen Young, Program Director
Justine Haka, Program Manager

Honorary Trustee

Ruth Lilly

American poetry has no greater friend than Ruth Lilly. Over many years and in many ways, it has been blessed by her personal generosity. In 1985 she endowed the Ruth Lilly Professorship in Poetry at Indiana University.

In 1986 she established the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Awarded annually, the $100,000 prize honors a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. In 1989 she created two Ruth Lilly Fellowships, for $15,000 each, given annually by the Poetry Foundation to undergraduate or graduate students selected through a national competition. In 2002 her lifetime engagement with poetry culminated in a magnificent bequest that will enable the Poetry Foundation to promote, in perpetuity, a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.

Poetry Foundation Trustees

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