Dear Friend,

America needs poetry.

As a past member of the Poetry Society of America, you probably agree with this statement. It's been the primary mission of the Poetry Society of America since our organization was founded in 1910.

Here at the PSA we are working to hold the art form aloft and to engage with readers across the country. Our Poetry in Motion program has presented hundreds of poems for commuters in dozens of cities across the country for the last 25 years. We work with the New York Botanical Garden to place poems on the grounds of their impressive gardens, and with Harlem Academy to bring poets to classrooms. Each year we present over 40 free, public events through our national programs and launch the voices of four emerging poets with our Chapbook Fellowship Program. And just this April, we worked with businesses including Blue Bottle Coffee and the Ace Hotel to place poems in unexpected places—such as hotel rooms, or tucked into the package with your monthly subscription of coffee.

We all know the power that a poem can possess—it's mysterious, its surprising, it can address our must profound concerns, thoughts, and feelings.

Now as ever, it's important for people to find and engage with poetry. Help us today by renewing your membership with the Poetry Society of America.

Yours with all warm wishes,

Alice Quinn
Executive Director

P.S. This past April, we worked with MTA Arts + Design to produce NY State Poet Laureate (2012-14) Marie Howe's program "The Poet is In" in Grand Central station. Commuters sat with poets and shared their life stories, which the poets turned into personalized verse—all free of charge. Watch a video of the event.


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