Dear Friend of the Poetry Society of America,

Last spring I had the pleasure of judging a New York City-wide poetry contest for middle-schoolers responding to Dale Chihuly's extraordinary glass sculptures on view at the New York Botanical Garden. The twelve poems I selected were printed on big, metallic boards and placed on a Poetry Walk at the Garden where I was honored by the Poetry Society of America at their spring benefit because of my devotion to poetry and my memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, written in verse for young people.

The Poetry Society's Poetry Walk at the New York Botanical Garden—which in the case of the student poems reached 750,000 visitors to the garden during the run of the Chihuly show—is just one of the ways the organization fulfills its mission of placing poems at the crossroads of American life and in unexpected places. Their beloved Poetry in Motion Program, presenting poems on subways and buses in New York and other American cities is enjoying its twenty fifth anniversary and currently reaches over 8 million people each day.

Won't you join me in celebrating the Poetry Society of America and contributing to its efforts to bring poetry into our lives in so many different ways all year long? As a way of saying thank you, the first 100 people to make gifts of $75 or more will receive a copy of The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 Years On Subways and Buses.

With thanks for your consideration and warmest holiday greetings!

Jacqueline Woodson


Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young-adults, middle-graders, and children. Among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three time National Book Award finalist and a winner in 2014, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. In 2015 she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate.