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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.

Office of the President

Michelle T. Boone, President
Hannah Doherty, Executive Assistant to the President and Board Liaison
Marilynn Rubio, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects

Finance & Administration

Nevertha Brooks, Finance Associate
Patrick Carroll, Controller
Tom Etherington, Staff Accountant
Chris Guzaitis, Grants Manager
Lawrence T. Mangan, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Fred Yancey, Facilities Manager

Programs & Community Engagement

Jonathan Antos, Guest Experience Representative
Itzel Blancas, Community Programs Manager
Noa/h Fields, Events and Accessibility Coordinator
Angelica Flores, Education Programs Assistant
Justine Haka, Program Manager
Christine Jordan, Guest Experience Manager
Rebeca Jurado, Guest Experience Representative
Michael Keating, Guest Experience Representative
Ydalmi Noriega, Vice President of Programs and Engagement
Elon Sloan, Community Programs Assistant

Digital Programs

Keri Cascio, Technology Director
Janet Cheung, Web Producer
Meg Forajter, Permissions Coordinator
Jeremy Lybarger, Features Editor
Shoshana Olidort, Web Editor
Robert Eric Shoemaker, Digital Archive Editor
Erin Watson, Product Manager

Library

Evalena Friedman, Library Assistant
Stefania Gomez, Education and Youth Services Assistant
Katherine Litwin, Library Director and Exhibitions Co-curator
Maggie Queeney, Library Associate

Marketing & Communications

Moyo Abiona, Media Assistant
Allison Claybon, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Hannah Kucharzak, Marketing Associate
Liz O’Connell-Thompson, Media Manager

Poetry Magazine

Holly Amos, Associate Editor
Esther Belin, Guest Editor (June 2022-September 2022)
Angela Flores, Editorial Assistant
Lindsay Garbutt, Senior Editor
Hannah Kucharzak, Marketing Associate
Winshen Liu, Business and Circulation Manager
Adrian Matejka, Editor
Fred Sasaki, Creative Director and Exhibitions Co-curator

Honorary Trustee

Ruth Lilly

American poetry has no greater friend than Ruth Lilly. Over many years and in many ways, it has been blessed by her personal generosity. In 1985 she endowed the Ruth Lilly Professorship in Poetry at Indiana University.

In 1986 she established the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Awarded annually, the $100,000 prize honors a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. In 1989 she created two Ruth Lilly Fellowships, for $15,000 each, given annually by the Poetry Foundation to undergraduate or graduate students selected through a national competition. In 2002 her lifetime engagement with poetry culminated in a magnificent bequest that will enable the Poetry Foundation to promote, in perpetuity, a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.

Poetry Foundation Trustees

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