The Poetry Society of America places poetry at the crossroads of American life. The PSA transforms public spaces into sites for imaginative encounters with poems, engages diverse and often underserved communities, amplifies the voices of poets around issues of common concern, and honors their aesthetic contributions to our lives.
Over A Century
October 10, 1910
First formal meeting of the Poetry Society of America held in New York at the National Arts Club. Forty of the country's leading poets and writers enroll as charter members.
Ezra Pound attends a meeting on the eve of his journey to England.
W.B. Yeats appears before the Society meeting and chants "The Dream of Wandering Aengus" to an enthralled audience.
Amy Lowell expounds her ideas on Imagism before the Society.
Board President Edward J. Wheeler finds a New York City patron of art who donates $500 to establish the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Edwin Arlington Robinson wins the PSA $500 Annual Book Award for his Collected Poems.
Countee Cullen is the recipient of the Witter Bynner Undergraduate Award. Langston Hughes wins the following year.
The PSA Shelley Memorial Award is established. The first winner is Conrad Aiken.
Robert Frost is announced as the Honorary President of the Society. Marianne Moore wins the Shelley Memorial Award.
The Gold Medal is awarded to Edna St. Vincent Millay.
E. E. Cummings is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award.
Wallace Stevens receives the Gold Medal.
Elizabeth Bishop wins the Shelley Memorial Award.
Richard Wilbur is the recipient of the PSA Millay Award. Randall Jarrell appears before the Society at the annual dinner.
Theodore Roethke wins the Shelley Memorial Award.
Alice Fay di Castagnola makes a gift valued at $1 million to establish a trust to support the work of the PSA.
Gwendolyn Brooks wins the Shelley Memorial Award.
William Matthews is elected President of the Board of Governors. Robert Pinsky is the recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award.
Inspired by a similar program in London, the PSA partners with the MTA to establish Poetry in Motion in the New York City transit system.
Hettie Jones wins the Norma Farber First Book Award.
Alice Quinn is appointed Executive Director. Sonia Sanchez is awarded the Frost Medal.
"In a Time of Crisis," a reading of poems at Cooper Union following the September 11th attacks, draws an audience of 900 and is featured in The New York Times.
The PSA Chapbook Fellowship Program is established.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the Frost Medalist.
The PSA's 95th anniversary dinner at the Pierre Hotel features the living U. S. Poets Laureate.
Michael S. Harper receives the Frost Medal.
Lucille Clifton is chosen as the PSA's Centennial Frost Medalist.
The PSA and the T.S. Eliot Foundation establish the Four Quartets Prize for a unified and complete sequence of poems with a prize of $20,000.
Partnered with Citymeals on "Poems on Wheels" which delivers poems to the elderly.
Matt Brogan is appointed Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America.
Poems on Wheels expands to six cities.
The PSA launches Seeing Into Tomorrow, a major public art project featuring the poems of Richard Wright.