ChiDM Presents: Poetry Foundation, Poetry and Architecture
Thursday December 15th 2016, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Editor of Poetry Magazine, Don Share, discusses founding editor Harriet Monroe’s view of poetry and how that has translated into the Poetry Foundation’s architecture. In 1912, Monroe saw the need to create a home for poetry, and envisioned a magazine that would serve as a gallery of poems. Over 100 years later her “little” magazine has evolved into a major literary organization with a suite of robust programs, including a literal home for poetry, designed by architect John Ronan, which includes a gallery for artwork that resonates with poetry.
Share will talk about how Monroe’s now-famous Open Door policy, poetry advocacy, and eclecticism helped create the blueprint for the Poetry Foundation’s programs as well as organizational structure and physical space itself.