Welcome to the Foundation

We can trace the roots of our organization back a century into the history of Chicago, to the origins of Poetry magazine and to its founder Harriet Monroe. It is her vision that informs the work we do every day. But there is also a second woman—really a second founder—whose philanthropy has made everything the Foundation does possible. Ruth Lilly, in bestowing on poetry a significant portion of her personal wealth, ensured that Harriet Monroe’s desire to celebrate and discover the best poetry will continue long into the magazine’s second century. The Foundation, whose mission commits it to a more vigorous presence for poetry in our culture, has pursued this through a family of programs, all realized with Ms. Lilly’s generous gift. Harriet Monroe and Ruth Lilly were two women of the Midwest for whom poetry was a passion central to life itself. We celebrate their lasting gifts every day and share them with you through our work.

Poetry Foundation

Henry Bienen, Interim President
Caren F. Skoulas, CFO
Ydalmi Noriega, Manager of President’s Initiatives and Board Relations
Bessie Rose, President’s Office Assistant
Chelsea Avery, Events and Logistics Coordinator
Olivia Postelli, Events & Logistics Intern
Dylan Swisher, Finance and Administration Associate
Patrick Samuel, Receptionist and Fiscal Assistant
Brian Loevner, Finance Associate

Digital Programs

Cassie Mayer, Director of Digital Programs

James Sitar, Senior Editor
Ellen Umansky, Features Editor
Michael Slosek, Web Editor
Micah Jefferson, Web Producer
Karl Saffran, Permissions Coordinator
Meaghan Winston, Web Analyst
Claire Gillespie, Web Intern

Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

Beth Allen, Project Manager
Layne Eckensberger , HMPI Intern
Alana Folsom, HMPI Intern

Irwin Chen, Contributing Editor
Adam Fitzgerald, Contributing Editor
Tom Healy, Contributing Editor
Karin Roffman, Contributing Editor


Katherine Litwin, Library Director
Maggie Queeney, Library Assistant
H. Melt, Education and Youth Services Assistant


Elizabeth Burke-Dain, Media and Marketing Director
Polly Faust, Media Assistant
Tracy Woodley, Media Intern

Poetry Magazine

Don Share, Editor
Fred Sasaki, Art Director
Sarah Dodson, Managing Editor
Lindsay Garbutt, Assistant Editor
Holly Amos, Editorial Assistant

Christina Pugh, Consulting Editor
Alexander Knowlton, Designer

Programming & Events

Stephen Young, Program Director
Justine Haka, Program Associate


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