prize time

September 10, 2022

The Poetry Foundation has just announced the winners of the 2022 Pegasus Awards, a family of literary prizes that include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Young People’s Poet Laureate, and the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.

In recognition of Poetry magazine’s 110th anniversary, the Poetry Foundation has decided to award 10 additional Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes this year, resulting in $1,132,500 in prizes distributed to the 2022 winners. It is the greatest prize amount that the Foundation has ever awarded to a cohort of living poets at one time. The 11 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winners are: Sandra Cisneros, CAConrad, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Juan Felipe Herrera, Angela Jackson, Haki Madhubuti, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Patti Smith, and Arthur Sze.

The Poetry Foundation has also chosen Elizabeth Acevedo, the bestselling author of The Poet X, to serve as the 2022–2024 Young People’s Poet Laureate, and awarded The Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism to Kevin Quashie for his book Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being, which draws on Black feminist literary texts, including work by poets Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan.

coming up

August 13, 2021

Seattle Arts & Lectures has some terrific programming lined up for the months ahead. Among other speakers and performances, SAL will present poets Maggie Nelson, Kaveh Akbar, Sherwin Bitsui & Kenzie Allen, Rita Dove, Cathy Park Hong, and Don Mee Choi.

Venues vary; as of this writing, some presentations will be in person, some online. See the SAL site for details and ticketing information.

on poetry

August 28, 2018

“If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It’s the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.”
Rita Dove
(b. August 28, 1952)

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photo by Fred Viebahn

Paint and Poetry

Congratulations to Charlottesville, Virginia, for completing a third mural in the Paint & Poetry series. The Charlottesville Mural Project is a project of New City Arts. In addition to the Paint & Poetry series, CMP has adorned the walls of many structures throughout the region.

The first mural, at the Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet (about 12 miles west of Charlottesville) combines lyrics from the band Hurray for the Riff Raff with art by Duncan Robertson. More on the Crozet mural here. The second mural, at at Charlottesville High School, combined student art and poetry.

The third, a large mural on the side of The Graduate Hotel, uses lines from “Testimonial” by Rita Dove and artwork by muralist David Guinn.

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