As the President of the Board of Governors of the Poetry Society of America, I wish to thank you for being a part of our family this year and, for many of you, many years past, as well. We know you believe as we do in the transformative power of poetry—how it can heal, unite, break us open, challenge us in crucial and nourishing ways, and lift us up.
Now more than ever, we need your support. This holiday season, please consider making a charitable contribution to the Poetry Society of America.
As a way of saying thank you, the first 75 people to make gifts of $35 or more will receive a copy of Four Reincarnations, the late poet Max Ritvo's debut volume of poems from Milkweed Press. Max was a recipient of the PSA's 2015 Chapbook Fellowship. His book is a treasure, and a gift to the PSA can bring it to you.
Through our signature initiative Poetry in Motion, which places poems on subways and buses around the country, our free public programming, our Chapbook Fellowships and annual awards, our Poetry Walks on the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, and our Visiting Poets Program at Harlem Academy, we make poetry accessible to diverse audiences around America all year long. What our work provides—unique and unexpected opportunities to engage with dynamic, excellent literature as a community, and even to find private meaning in the midst of public places—remains precious to so many around the country.
We cannot do this work alone. Thank you for your support of PSA. Thank you for your enduring belief in the importance of poetry, and for your support of all of our efforts.
President, Board of Governors