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  • April 17th, 2017

    Call for applications: On July 26–29, 2017, the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary will host the second annual poetry incubator for emerging poets who engage with community through their creative practice. Over three days of workshops and talks, a cohort of twenty-four incubator fellows will learn from faculty, explore best practices for their work, and spend time developing poetry projects based on their own aspirations and the needs of their communities. 

  • April 6th, 2017

    Since 2005, 3.3 million students from across the country have memorized some of the best poetry, sharing their interpretation of the work of poets such as Judith Ortiz Cofer, Walt Whitman, and Kevin Young through a dynamic recitation competition—National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud program. On April 25-26, 2017, 53 students out of 310,000 competitors from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will come to our nation’s capital to compete in the 2017 Poetry Out Loud national finals, an opportunity to win a grand prize of $20,000 and the title of National Champion.

  • March 1st, 2017

    The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is accepting applications for its third annual Summer Poetry Teachers Institute, to take place in Chicago during the week of July 10-14, 2017. Participants will study and discuss poetry with expert teachers and some of today’s most compelling poets to develop lesson plans to bring back to their classrooms.

  • February 23rd, 2017

    On Friday and Saturday, March 10–11, five young poets representing five regions across the United States as finalists in the National Youth Poet Laureate program will read at the Poetry Foundation in a culminating event before the Youth Poet Laureate is announced in April. This two-day program concludes a year-long series of readings, performances, workshops, and national campaigns that address the issues young people face in America. 

  • January 19th, 2017

    CHICAGO–The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $150,000 Mellon Foundation Grant. The grant will support a selection of the Poetry Foundation’s ongoing programs for two years. The Mellon Foundation grant will fund expansion in four existing programs...

  • January 5th, 2017

    CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce its Winter/Spring 2017 events season. This season brings together a national coalition of poetry organizations to present programs around the theme “Because we come from everything: Poetry & Migration.” In March,...

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