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  • November 16th, 2016

    CHICAGO– The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce a submission call for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award, a prize designed to recognize an American poet of at least 40 years of age who has yet to publish a first...

  • November 9th, 2016

    CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation is partnering with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Library of Congress on a signature project with the U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

  • September 12th, 2016

    The Poetry Foundation remembers Dick Kiphart, former Poetry Foundation board chair, poetry lover, philanthropist, and friend who died at his home on Saturday night at the age of 75.

  • September 1st, 2016

    The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships: Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, Angel Nafis, Alison C. Rollins, and Javier Zamora. Among the largest awards offered to young poets in the United States, the $25,800 prize is intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry and is open to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.

  • August 15th, 2016

    The Poetry Foundation’s fall event season embraces poetry with a range of offerings from the healing power of poetry in addiction recovery to readings by famed poets Sharon Olds, Major Jackson, and Ross Gay. We are proud to collaborate with great Chicago-based, national, and international organizations including Cave Canem, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Society of America, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Eye on India, an organization with whom we are presenting 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Sheshadri.

  • August 1st, 2016

    Poetry magazine awards eight annual prizes for the best work published in Poetry during the past 12 months. C.D. Wright, Aracelis Girmay, Hai-Dang Phan, John Murillo, Julia Guez, Samantha Zighelboim, Heather Phillipson, Garret Caples, and Jim Johnstone will receive the 2016 prizes for their poems, translations and prose in Poetry.

  • July 18th, 2016

    On Saturday, July 30, Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community, on the 3700 block of South Wabash Avenue, at the site of the historic Wabash YMCA in Bronzeville. From 2:00–8:00 PM, guests of all ages can enjoy workshops, art activities, and music and poetry performances from some of Chicago’s best poets.

  • June 27th, 2016

    CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairman of the Board, Willard Bunn III, Managing Director, Colonnade Advisors, and two new board members – Caren Croland Yanis, President, Crown Family Philanthropies, and Kary...

  • June 2nd, 2016

    CHICAGO–The Poetry Foundation and WFMT Radio Network have teamed up to create PoetryNow, a weekly four-minute radio series and podcast featuring an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem by some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets. The...

  • May 11th, 2016

    The Poetry Foundation is honored to announce the winners of two poetry awards. The 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living US poet for outstanding lifetime achievement, is awarded to Chicago-based poet Ed Roberson; and the Foundation’s annual Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, a prize for book-length works of criticism, goes to The Poems of T.S. Eliot: The Annotated Text. Volumes 1 & 2 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue.

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