- The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Washington, DC, Poetry Tour. The interactive tour, narrated by inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, reveals our nation’s capital through the eyes of its great poets.
- The Poetry Foundation and Facets Multi-Media are proud to announce that Fear of Snakes, by filmmaker Andreas Mendritzki, is the winner of the second annual Poetry Film Prize. The prize awards $10,000 to a filmmaker whose use of verse in film opens new artistic vistas and inspires children to appreciate poetry.
- The Poetry Foundation invites teachers and students to tap into its new online resource, the Poetry Learning Lab. A dynamic resource for teachers, students, and learners of every age, the Poetry Learning Lab has been developed in conjunction with a team of education experts.
- The Poetry Foundation announces that Mary Ann Hoberman will give The Chicago Reading on October 7, 2009, at 6:45 p.m. at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and marks Hoberman's first official reading as Children’s Poet Laureate.
- The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are proud to announce the winners of nine awards for contributions to Poetry over the past year. The prizes are awarded for poems and prose published during the past 12 months, from October 2008 to September 2009.
- Chicago literary institutions Poetry and STOP SMILING will join with UK-based journal Granta to celebrate the launch of Granta’s special Chicago-themed fall issue. Featuring Reginald Gibbons, Anne Winters, and Diego Báez, with David Trinidad reading previously unpublished work by James Schuyler.
- Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Fernando Perez is featured in the September 2009 issue of Poetry magazine. An ardent reader of contemporary poetry, Perez joins the varied ranks of non-poets—including Neko Case, Alfred Molina, Kay Redfield Jamison, and Christopher Hitchens—who have recently written for the magazine about the place of poetry in their lives.
- The schedule features poetry readings, interpretive performances, and lectures. Highlights include “Disturb the Universe,” a collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Goodman Theater to present multimedia explorations of Modernism; a reading co-sponsored with the Chicago Humanities Festival featuring Billy Collins and Kay Ryan; and the 55th Annual Poetry Day with C.D. Wright.
- The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are proud to announce the five recipients of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowships: Malachi Black, Eric Ekstrand, Chloë Honum, Jeffrey Schultz, and Joseph Spece. Each Lilly Fellowship carries a $15,000 prize.
- The fifth annual Printers’ Ball, a celebration of print culture featuring free publications and entertainment, is set to take place on Friday, July 31, at Columbia College's Ludington Building in the city’s vibrant South Loop neighborhood.