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American Life in Poetry Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

Free Column Restores Tradition of Poetry in Newspapers
April 6th, 2011

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the sixth anniversary of American Life in Poetry, a project that brings free poetry content to newspapers around the country. Founded by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, who selects and introduces the poems featured in the column, American Life in Poetry regularly runs in newspapers across the country, from the Times Union (Albany, NY) to the Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, NE), and is published in a range of Internet outlets, reaching more than three million readers each year.

Over the last six years the column has featured more than 300 poets, including National Book Critics Circle Award winner Edward Hirsch, National Book Award finalist Alicia Ostriker, various poets representing large and small regions of the country, and a number of young poets from public school writing programs. The column not only brings contemporary poetry to a wider audience but also restores poetry’s traditional place in newspapers, where the column is well received by regular readers.

“One of the great pleasures is receiving notes from readers who have been following the column in newspapers, and who have been especially touched by a poem they’ve seen. These letters mean so much to us. Touching another person’s heart is what poetry is all about,” said Kooser.

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

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About the Poetry Foundation
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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