Last Friday, April 5th, in the Grand Gallery of our home base, the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park, we hosted the 103rd Annual Awards Ceremony of the Poetry Society of America. I cannot imagine a better account of the proceedings than that written by Madge McKeithen for theBest American Poetry blog. All photographs below were taken by Lawrence Schwartzwald. Read Full Post
The Poetry Society of America is honored to announce that Martín Espada and Lucia Perillo are the 2013 recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, presented annually to a living American poet selected with reference to his or her genius and need by a jury of poets. Read Full Post
Last night, February 21st, a number of New York's literary organizations, spearheaded by Cave Canem and the Poetry Society of America, came together as a family in Proshansky Auditorium at CUNY, to celebrate Lucille Clifton on the occasion of the posthumous publication of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2000, an absolutely beautiful volume (with a ribbon!), just published by BOA Editions Ltd.
A friend of mine who hadn't known her poetry was in attendance and wrote to me this morning, "It was warm, it was funny, it was moving, it was inclusive. The poems are so personal and consoling, really—her spirit was everywhere." Continue Reading Post
The Poetry Society of America is honored to announce that Robert Bly is the 2013 recipient of the organization's highest award, the Frost Medal, presented annually for "distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry." Previous winners of this award include Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Lucille Clifton, Charles Simic, and Marilyn Nelson who was the 2012 recipient. Read Full Post