Thank you so much for joining us at The New York Botanical Garden on Tuesday evening to honor and celebrate Jacqueline Woodson. It was wonderful to be joined by so many lovers of words and to be in a room of people who believe firmly in the transcendent power of poetry.
Toshi Reagon's compelling performance and remarks in tribute to Jacqueline will stay with us, I know, for a long time to come. And it was thrilling to hear Tracy K. Smith, Kimiko Hahn, and First Lady Chirlane McCray speak so movingly of Jacqueline's achievement too!
The Poetry Society of America is the nation's first and oldest nonprofit devoted to the art of poetry. Since our founding in 1910, we have been committed to placing poetry at the crossroads of American life. Thanks to our signature initiative, Poetry in Motion, millions of people encounter poems on public transit systems each and every day. Our new partnerships with the Noguchi Museum and the Morgan Library, with Ace Hotels and Blue Bottle Coffee, are bringing poetry to new audiences. Our forty free public programs annually, our award-winning Chapbook Fellowship Program and annual awards, which serve poets at every stage of their development, from our student poetry award to the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Art, our Visiting Poets Program at Harlem Academy, and our ongoing partnership with The New York Botanical Garden have helped root poetry deeply in the cultural conversation.
It is because of people like you that we are able to continue this worthwhile work. Now more than ever we are dependent on the support of our community. Please join the PSA as a new member or support us in any way you can, and please come to our programs! All are described on our website, which features fresh essays, interviews, and poems weekly.
With gratitude and all warm wishes,