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  • May 18th, 2017

    The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce that poet Kristen Tracy has won the 2017 Emily Dickinson First Book Award for her manuscript Half-Hazard. The occasional prize (last awarded in 2012) is designed to recognize an American poet at least 40-years-old who has yet to publish a first collection of poetry. Tracy’s manuscript Half-Hazard, which was previously a finalist for the Yale Younger Poet Prize and a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award and Sarabande Books’ Kathryn A. Morton Prize, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2018.

  • May 11th, 2017

    The Poetry Foundation is honored to announce that Margarita Engle has been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among the nation’s developing readers. This laureateship aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure.

  • May 9th, 2017

    The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living US poet for outstanding lifetime achievement. Joy Harjo is awarded the prize in recognition of her contribution to poetry.

  • April 27th, 2017

    CHICAGO-- On April 26, 2017, Samara Elán Huggins, a senior at Whitefield Academy from Mableton, Georgia, won the title of 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 prize. Huggins won the final round with her recitation of "The Farmer" by...

  • 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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