Announcing the 2015 Shelley Memorial Award, D. A. Powell

The Poetry Society of America is honored to announce that D. A. Powell is the 2015 recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, presented annually to a living American poet selected with reference to his or her genius by a jury of poets. This year's judges were Henri Cole, appointed by the President of Radcliffe, Ronaldo V. Wilson, appointed by the president of the University of California, and Carolyn Forché, appointed by the Poetry Society of America. Read Full Post

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Announcing the 2015 Frost Medalist, Kamau Brathwaite

Kamau Brathwaite was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1930. He studied at Harrison College in Barbados, graduated with honors from Pembroke College, Cambridge, England, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Sussex. He is the author of numerous books of poetry include Elegguas (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), Born to Slow Horses (2005), Ancestors (New Directions, 2001), Words Need Love Too (2000), Black + Blues (1995), Roots (1993), and Trenchtown Rock (1993), among others. He has taught at Harvard University, and New York University, the University of the West Indies, as well as serving in Ghana's Ministry of Education. Read Full Post


Marlene Rosen Fine (1936-2015), Poet and Poetry Society Patron

Marlene Rosen Fine
 grew up at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn—a borough of New York City. She walked this beach while reciting poems by Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas. She wrote stories and poems, which were published in anthologies and literary magazines. She received the 2010 Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society, where she was a member for over 20 years.  Marie Ponsot, who judged the contest, remarked on Marlene's winning poem: "Here's a ravishing lyric. Syntax and sense dance out its music: a first stanza of assertion, a second of directive command, and an agile third, which opens out upon a quiet height of human joy. The poem's only adjective is its last word: it hums with summative, accumulated power."

Marlene shared her poems with family and friends and read in galleries, pubs, coffee houses and bookshops. At twenty-two, while attending graduate school at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Marlene opened, with her husband, Michael J. Fine, The Paper Place bookstore.  They returned to New York City to continue their lives with books and writing and a family. Marlene passed away on February 4, 2015 and will be missed by the Poetry Society community. 


Brooklyn Book Festival

The PSA Poets Laureate event at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 21 drew a large, receptive audience snugly assembled on the steps of Borough Hall. The following pictures by Lawrence Schwartzwald (who will soon be featured in Poetry Magazinewith a portfolio of his work) convey the sweet and celebratory air of the event. Rita Dove, former U.S.Poet Laureate, Marie Howe, current State Poet for New York, Tina Chang, Poet Laureate of Broolyn, and Ramya Ramana, New York City Youth Poet Laureate are pictured below on stage. Read Full Post


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