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.

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson is now setting up screenings of “Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind,” her feature-length documentary about the poetry and life of Ruth Stone.

…the film, 12 years in the making, combines verité footage of Ruth at different times of her life, reciting poetry and talking about how she writes, intertwined with lively and heartfelt observations of people who knew her. These include award-winning poets Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Major Jackson, Chard DeNiord, and Edward Hirsch, as well as those who knew her best — her daughters and grandchildren. The film is enhanced with animation by granddaughter Bianca Stone, an accomplished poet and artist, and rare archival 16mm footage by Sidney Wolinsky of Ruth entertaining students and reciting poetry.

Read an interview with Nora Jacobson here, and more about the filmmaker and her other projects here.

meanwhile, in Tucson

June 25, 2019

If you happen to find yourself in Tucson any time between now and November 23, 2019, pop in to the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography to see A Portrait of Poetry. For the exhibit, photographer B.A. Van Sise created portraits of poets that were inspired by poems written by the poet in the portrait. In addition to about 80 photographs, the show, co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Poetry Center, also includes a video portrait of Sharon Olds.

If you can’t make it to Tucson, you can view the portraits and the poems here. The work will be published as Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry (Schaffner Press/IPG) in September 2019.

such a good idea…

May 5, 2015

Poetry in Motion: The Poet Is In

It’s over, so don’t get too excited, but oh, to have been there… When poets leave their nests, typewriter in hand, anything can happen. For lucky New Yorkers who happened through Fulton Center between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on April 23, it was Poetry in Motion: The Poet is IN.

During those hours, with musical accompaniment, “an array of award-winning poets, including NY State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winner Sharon Olds, and Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Café, will sit in a booth (inspired by Lucy’s booth from the Peanuts comic strip) and write poems for those who request one.” Sponsored/produced by the Poetry Society of America in partnership with the MTA Arts & Design, the day’s events were part of MTA’s Poetry in Motion program, which, since 1992, has been placing poems in subway and rail cars, on kiosks, on the back of MetroCards and elsewhere.

Read more on the MTA site or listen to the story from NPR.

on poetry

November 19, 2014

Photo: Brett Hall Jones“You know when you have something that you long to say to someone, and you could never say it to them, to their face? Then here’s a place where you could speak.”
Sharon Olds
(b. November 19, 1942)
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Quote: poets.org
Photo: Brett Hall Jones

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