- The Poetry Foundation is pleased to present with the Rush Hour Concert Series a free performance featuring poet Kevin Coval, pianist James Giles, and the music of George Gershwin and Charles Ives. The event marks the fourth year of collaboration between the Poetry Foundation and the Rush Hour Concert Series in presenting programs combining poetry and music.
- The Poetry Foundation, American Public Media’s Performance Today, and the White Pine Festival are collaborating on the latest installation of the Poetry Radio Project to present the Miró Quartet, a string ensemble, and poet Matthea Harvey in a multidisciplinary performance of classical music and poetry.
- Poetry magazine is pleased to announce that three poems featured recently in its pages have been selected for inclusion in The Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses.
- Poetry magazine is proud to co-sponsor with the Guild Complex and Letras Latinas a poetry reading by four poets whose work is featured in the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry—Rosa Alcalá, Kevin A. González, Carolina Monsivais, and Lidia Torres.
Backed by a cheering section of his family and friends, 18-year-old William Farley of Arlington, Virginia captivated both judges and audience with his poetry recitations to gain the title of 2009 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, and an award of $20,000.
- The Chicago Poetry Tour, a multimedia tour of poetry written in and about the city of Chicago, includes archival and contemporary recordings of poets and scholars, local music, and historic photographs.
- The new video podcast series features the nation’s Children’s Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman, reading from her own work and from classic children’s poetry collections. View episodes
- Fanny Howe is the recipient of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Established in 1986 and presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition, the Ruth Lilly Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets, and at $100,000 it is one of the nation’s largest literary prizes. Poet and critic Ange Mlinko is the winner of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism. The prizes will be presented at the Pegasus Awards ceremony at the Arts Club of Chicago on Tuesday, May 19.
- American Life in Poetry, the free newspaper column featuring a weeklypoem selected and briefly introduced by former U.S. Poet Laureate TedKooser, runs regularly in over 75 papers, with a circulation of upwards offour million.
- The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce an array of programming during April, including poetry films, the multimedia Chicago Poetry Tour, a recitation contest, readings, and more.