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American Life in Poetry Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Free Column Restores Poetry’s Place in Newspapers
April 6th, 2010

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary of American Life in Poetry, the weekly newspaper column featuring a poem selected and briefly introduced by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Running regularly in newspapers across the country, from the Post Tribune (Gary, IN) to the St. Petersburg (FL) Times, as well as on the web, American Life in Poetry reaches more than three million readers.

Over the last five years the column has featured more than 240 poets, including Pulitzer Prize winner Lisel Mueller, Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady, various poets representing large and small regions of the country, and several young poets from public school writing programs. The column not only promotes contemporary poetry to a larger audience but also restores poetry’s traditional place in newspapers.

“The age-old tradition of clipping poems from the paper and mailing them to friends, or pasting them in scrapbooks, or posting them on the refrigerator is thriving, and an abundance of our readers have expressed their appreciation for what we give them each week,” said Kooser. “Poetry is definitely alive and well in America.”

American Life in Poetry is available to newspaper editors, free of charge, for carriage in either their print or online editions.

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The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit

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