Press List

  • July 18th, 2016

    On Saturday, July 30, Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community, on the 3700 block of South Wabash Avenue, at the site of the historic Wabash YMCA in Bronzeville. From 2:00–8:00 PM, guests of all ages can enjoy workshops, art activities, and music and poetry performances from some of Chicago’s best poets.

  • June 27th, 2016

    CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairman of the Board, Willard Bunn III, Managing Director, Colonnade Advisors, and two new board members – Caren Croland Yanis, President, Crown Family Philanthropies, and Kary...

  • June 2nd, 2016

    CHICAGO–The Poetry Foundation and WFMT Radio Network have teamed up to create PoetryNow, a weekly four-minute radio series and podcast featuring an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem by some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets. The...

  • May 11th, 2016

    The Poetry Foundation is honored to announce the winners of two poetry awards. The 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living US poet for outstanding lifetime achievement, is awarded to Chicago-based poet Ed Roberson; and the Foundation’s annual Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, a prize for book-length works of criticism, goes to The Poems of T.S. Eliot: The Annotated Text. Volumes 1 & 2 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue.

  • May 5th, 2016

    On July 28-30, 2016, the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary will host a poetry incubator bringing together a group of emerging poets who engage with community through their creative practice. 

  • April 26th, 2016

    Florida residents share their favorite poems in a national video documentary initiative about the role of poetry in American lives

  • April 12th, 2016

    On May 3 and 4 in Washington, DC, high school students from every state will test their grit and wit in the national finals of Poetry Out Loud, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages high school students around the country to learn great classic and contemporary poetry through a recitation competition that culminates with the national finals.

  • March 15th, 2016

    The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Turow, world-renowned author and Chicago lawyer, to the Poetry Foundation board of trustees.

  • February 11th, 2016
    The Poetry Foundation is accepting applications for its second annual Summer Poetry Teachers Institute, to take place in Chicago, July 11-15, 2016. Participants will study and discuss poetry with expert teachers and some of today’s most compelling poets to develop lesson plans to bring back to their classrooms.

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