The Poetry Foundation is a Chicago-based American foundation created to promote poetry in the wider culture. According to the foundation's Web site, it is "committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. In addition, the Foundation provides several awards for poets and poetry. It also hosts seminars, readings, exhibitions, and a poetry library. The Poetry Foundation is a non-profit, charitable, c 3 organization.
Donations are tax-deductible. The foundation is the successor to the Modern Poetry Association previous publisher of Poetry magazine , which was founded in Monroe was its first publisher until her death in Today, the Poetry Foundation is one of the largest literary foundations in the world.
The grant added to her already substantial prior contributions. The magazine learned in that it would be getting the grant. Before announcing the gift, the magazine waited a year and reconfigured its governing board, which had been concerned with fund-raising. The foundation was created, and Joseph Parisi, who had been editor of the magazine for two decades, volunteered to head the new organization. Christian Wiman , a young critic and poet, succeeded to the editorship in Parisi resigned from the foundation after a few months.
The new board used a recruiting agency to find John Barr, a former executive and published poet, to head the foundation. In December, , Henry S. Bienen , President Emeritus of Northwestern University was named president. The Center, designed by John Ronan , opened in The center holds a library open to the public, houses reading spaces, hosts school and tour groups, and provides office and editorial space for the Poetry Foundation and magazine.
The Poetry Foundation hosts a schedule of events. These include poetry readings, staged plays, artist collaborations, and exhibitions. The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute provides an independent forum to convene discussions about poetry. Poets, scholars, educators and others are invited to share ideas about the intellectual and practical needs of the poetry form, and to generate solutions to benefit the art. The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest was created in by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to increase awareness of poetry through performance and competition.
It engages high school students in public speaking and the literature and performance of poetry. Participating schools also receive cash prizes. The Foundation's awards seek to promote and bring recognition to poets and poetry. The Pegasus Awards are a series of awards to "under-recognized" poets and poetic forms the winged horse, Pegasus , was used to illustrate the early magazine covers. They are generally given annually but may be given less often.
The Ruth Lilly Prize is an annual award given for lifetime achievement in poetry to U. The 30,volume library presents a wide selection of modern and contemporary poetry in English or translation. It includes original author works and rare volumes. It also includes representative samples of earlier eras, and includes a volume children's section. In addition to the reading room, there are listening booths for poet audio recordings and broadcasts related to poetry and interactive displays.
It is open to the public Tuesday through Friday with a children's day on Wednesday. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Superior St. Forbes Magazine : The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 14 August Poetry Foundation. The New Yorker. Retrieved 30 September Bienen President" Press release. December 10, Archived from the original on Retrieved Newcity Lit. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 24, Poetry Magazine.
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