WBEZ | Poetry Foundation http://www.wbez.org/tags/poetry-foundation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A century of 'Poetry' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/century-poetry-95806 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-25/6095789826_45b22d62fc_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Happy birthday <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/" target="_blank"><em>Poetry</em></a> magazine! One hundred years ago, Chicago poet and patron of the arts Harriet Monroe founded <em>Poetry</em> magazine. In 1912, she wrote, "In the huge democracy of our age, no interest is too slight to have an organ. Every sport, every little industry requires its own corner, its own voice that it may find friends, greet them, welcome them."</p><p>Well, the magazine certainly found friends over the years--and one of them was philanthropist Ruth Lily, who gave the magazine $200 million, which gave birth to the Poetry Foundation. But 100 years later, where does poetry fit in society during this digital age? <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> gets some help answering that questions from <em>Poetry's </em>editor Christian Wyman. But first, WBEZ arts and culture editor Lynette Kalnes talked about how Lily's $200 million gift is being used.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/century-poetry-95806 Free Neko http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-06-21/free-neko-88105 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-21/Neko Case_Courtesy of Neko Case.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-21/CaseNeko002.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;" title=""></p><p>No, Neko Case hasn’t been busted (at least not to this blog’s knowledge). The alt-country chanteuse, who always will hold a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans wherever she’s living at the moment, will perform a free concert at an open house held by the Poetry Foundation in its new performance space at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.</p><p>The singer, who is one of the headliners at the Pitchfork Music Festival next month, will appear in front of an intimate audience of 180 lucky fans to be chosen by a lottery drawing that closes at 5 p.m. today. To enter, <a href="http://poetryfoundationnekocase.eventbrite.com/">visit this site</a>—and keep your fingers crossed!</p><p>The publisher of Poetry magazine, <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/">the Poetry Foundation</a> is an independent literary organization committed to “a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.” Its new performance space is located at 61 W. Superior.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-06-21/free-neko-88105 J. Patrick Lewis named new Children’s Poet Laureate http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-12/j-patrick-lewis-named-new-children%E2%80%99s-poet-laureate-86446 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/P1000996.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago-based <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Poetry Foundation</a> named a new Children’s Poet Laureate on Wednesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.jpatricklewis.com/" target="_blank">J. Patrick Lewis</a> will sport the poetry crown for the next two years - and is the third person to hold the title.</p><p>He recently sat down for a conversation with <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Jason Marck, which you can hear by clicking the link atop the page.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In the video below, J. Patrick Lewis recites "One Cow Two Moos".</p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23607205?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="500" frameborder="0" height="281"></iframe></p><p>And here, Lewis recites "Benny Said Ruby Said".</p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23607161?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="500" frameborder="0" height="281"></iframe></p><p><em>Music Button: Pink Martini, "But Now I'm Back", from the CD Splendor in the Grass, (Heinz)</em></p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-12/j-patrick-lewis-named-new-children%E2%80%99s-poet-laureate-86446