- The Poetry Foundation welcomed more than one thousand visitors to Chicago’s first home for poetry.
- Ninety pairs of free tickets to be awarded via a lottery drawing. The Poetry Foundation will accept entries starting at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011.
- This month, the Poetry Foundation opens its new home in Chicago—the first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry.
- New cultural building dedicated to poetry opens to the public with a two-day celebration of free performances on June 25 and 26.
- J. Patrick Lewis will serve as the nation’s third Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize.
- The magazine has won the National Magazine Award for “General Excellence, Print” in the “Literary, Political and Professional Magazines” category, and brings home its second Ellie this year.
The Poetry Foundation and the NEA named 16-year-old Youssef Biaz of Auburn, Alabama the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 29.
- The nine high school students advanced from yesterday's semifinals; a national champion will be named tonight at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.
53 finalists will take part in the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Award-winning actress Kerry Washington, a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, will host.
- The $100,000 prize is awarded annually to a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.