Letter to the Poetry Foundation from Fellows + Programmatic Partners
06.06.2020

To the Members of the Board and Staff of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine:

We write to you, as poets who have had associations with the Poetry Foundation as awardees, fellows, contributors, or collaborators, at a time when the centuries-long crisis of American profiteering at the expense of Black life is again made acutely visible. On June 3, 2020, the Poetry Foundation released a vague statement that you “stand in solidarity with the Black community, and denounce injustice and systemic racism.” This non-substantive, four-sentence statement—which contained no details, action plans, or concrete commitments—was the Foundation’s sole response to the ongoing state-sanctioned murders of Black people by police and the current wave of violent state repression of those protesting these killings. For years, your constituents have been calling on the Foundation to redistribute more of its enormous resources to marginalized artists, to make concrete commitments to and change-making efforts in your local community and beyond. We find this statement to be worse than the bare minimum.

As poets, we recognize a piece of writing that meets the urgency of its time with the appropriate fire when we see it--and this is not it. It is an insult to the lives and families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other victims of the racist institution of police and white supremacy. It is an insult to the lives of your neighbors who have been targeted, brutalized, terrorized, and detained by the Chicago Police Department in the past week, including many Black youth. Given the stakes, which equate to no less than genocide against Black people, the watery vagaries of this statement are, ultimately, a violence. We demand that the Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine do more and do better. This is one step in a much larger global fight against racism, anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy, but it is an important step because of the space the Poetry Foundation occupies within the poetry landscape.

This is not the first time that the leadership of the Poetry Foundation has revealed itself to be woefully unfit to respond to the crises of our times. Though we can’t detail everything within the space of this letter, we refer you to the numerous critiques made in regards to the Foundation’s failures to support—or even appropriately acknowledge disparities as they relate to—Black and Indigenous poets, Latinx poets, trans and queer poets, disabled poets, poets of color writ large, and artists struggling economically. As it is clear that the Foundation’s leadership is unable to show up responsibly to the demands of this moment, we call for the immediate resignation of both President Henry Bienen and Board of Trustees Chair Willard Bunn, III.

In addition, we have the following demands.

1. The President must be replaced by someone with a demonstrated commitment to both the world of poetry and the project of creating a world that is just and affirming for people of color, disabled people, trans people, queer people, and immigrants.

2. The Board of the Poetry Foundation must write a meaningful statement that details the specific, material ways it plans to “work to eradicate institutional racism.” What are the tangible actions the Foundation will take towards supporting racial justice initiatives?

3. In addition to providing a meaningful, well-researched acknowledgment of the debt that the Foundation owes to Black poets, this statement must also include a specific acknowledgment of the harm done in recent years to Latinx poets, trans poets, disabled poets, and queer poets.

4. Ultimately, we dream of a world in which the massive wealth hoarding that underlies the Foundation’s work would be replaced by the redistribution of every cent to those whose labor amassed those funds. As we work toward that world, we thus demand a significantly greater allocation of financial resources toward work which is explicitly anti-racist in nature and, specifically, fighting to protect and enrich Black lives, in and outside of Chicago. As a group unified by urgency but diverse in our visions, we imagine a range of ways that such reallocation of funds might manifest--from much more robust local programming, to large contributions to organizations such as Assata's Daughters, Brave Space Alliance, and Project South, to more and deeper partnerships with spaces that support artists from marginalized communities. However it looks, we demand that the redistribution of wealth toward efforts fostering social justice be significant and long-lasting.

5. As an extension on the above point, currently, the Foundation programming which engages most meaningfully with Black people and other historically marginalized populations is largely coordinated by the department of Community and Foundation Relations. This department is overtaxed and managed by a staff of two women of color. We demand a significantly greater allocation of staff and financial resources in this area. More broadly, we demand that the staff of the Foundation more adequately reflect the demographics of the city of Chicago. We believe that as long as the Foundation’s staff and leadership remain overwhelmingly White, it fundamentally limits the Foundation’s ability to ever be an organization rooted in anti-racist practice.

Until these demands are met, we will not be submitting any work to the magazine, nor will we participate in any future partnerships with the Foundation. We are invested stewards in the future of poetry, and so the onus is on us to push those with institutional capital to use it for good. We call on those poets who feel comfortable doing so to stand with us in this pledge. We acknowledge that material privileges make it such that individuals vary in their ability to make a pledge like this, and we extend love and solidarity to those poets for whom agreeing to this would create a situation of material precarity.

We recognize, for instance, that Poetry is one of the few reasonably-paying poetry journals. Ultimately, we dream of a world in which there are more sustainable ways for poets to support themselves that do not require them to engage with institutions that may not share their values. Indeed, for many of us this is a moment to reflect on the ways in which, while the awards or opportunities conferred by the Foundation may offer material benefits, they also involve forms of extraction, harm, exploitation, or even trauma. For instance, what does it mean for the Foundation to publish one’s work, to partner on various programs, or to see the Foundation use one’s likeness on promotional materials, but to feel unwelcome or unsafe in the Poetry Foundation building?

Some of us have formed long-standing relationships with members of your staff, and we are grateful for those in your midst who have served as powerful supporters and allies while they themselves have had to contend from within with the Foundation’s harms. At the same time, we are in agreement with Justin Phillip Reed, who wrote in his June 3, 2020 letter to you: “Poetry Magazine continues to be legitimized by the divergent experiments, experiences, and dissenting voices of people whose lives are made precarious by the very acts and exploits that have aggrandized the inherited positions of these trustees.” We can no longer participate in this legitimizing project.

We request an official, public response by no later than one week following receipt of this letter.

Signed,


Kaveh Akbar, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2016, Ours Poetica Consultant

Fatimah Asghar, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2017

Sumita Chakraborty, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2017

Jos Charles, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2016

Cortney Lamar Charleston, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2017

Franny Choi, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2019; VS Podcast Co-Host

Safia Elhillo, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018

Eve L. Ewing, Poetry Incubator & Chicago Poetry Block Party co-founder

Roy G. Guzmán, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2017

Jane Huffman, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2019

Daniel Kisslinger, VS Podcast Producer

Paige Lewis, Ours Poetica Curator

Nate Marshall, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2015; Poetry Incubator & Chicago Poetry Block Party co-founder

Angel Nafis, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2016

Hieu Minh Nguyen, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018

José Olivarez, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2019

Alison C. Rollins, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2016

Erika L. Sánchez, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2015

Sam Sax, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018

Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018

Danniel Schoonebeek, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2016

Safiya Sinclair, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2015

Danez Smith, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2014, VS Podcast Co-Host

Paul Tran, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018

Ocean Vuong, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2014

Michael Wasson, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2019

Jamila Woods, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2015

Wendy Xu, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2014

Emily Jungmin Yoon, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2017

Javier Zamora, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2016

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We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the poets listed above and pledge not to collaborate with the Poetry Foundation or Poetry Magazine until these demands have been met to a substantial degree.

Miller Oberman, Ruth Lilly fellow, 2005, Poetry Magazine contributor
Ilya Kaminsky, Ruth Lilly Fellow and contributor
Farnoosh Fathi Contributor, Ruth Lilly recipient
Jacob Saenz, contributor, former Ruth Lilly Fellow
Marcus Wicker Ruth Lilly Fellow, 2011
Victor Abdul Aziz Jackson, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Hope Wabuke, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Davon Clark, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Hannah Beresford, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Trace Howard DePass, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Andy Powell, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Farrell Brenner, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Brenda Angelica Gutierrez Mora, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Rasaan Khalil, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2016, No Blue Memories Cast Member
Tim Stafford, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Isaac Ginsberg Miller, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Noel Quiñones, Poetry Incubator Fellow
Laurel Chen, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Jonathan Mendoza, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Jarvis Subia, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Elizabeth Mudenyo, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Sonia Guiñansaca, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Jess Rizkallah, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Cameron Awkward-Rich, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Dujie Tahat, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Nic Custer, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2016
Huiying B. Chan, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Chase Berggrun, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Claire Schwartz, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Harmony Holiday, Ruth Lilly Fellow, 2013
Nadine Marshall, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Raina León, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Sylvia Chan, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Siaara Freeman, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Preeti Kaur, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Timothy Otte, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Jesús I. Valles, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Rasha Abdulhadi, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Seelai Karzai, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Zenaida Peterson, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Shauna Osborn, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
DeShara Suggs-Joe, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017 and former Poetry Ambassador
A. Meinen, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Diego Báez, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Darian Kuxhouse, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Deborah Mouton, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Allyson Jeffredo, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2018
Naomi Extra, Poetry Incubator Fellows, 2017
Rob Gibsun, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Christian Arthur, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Tommy Pico contributor, 2017 Friends of Literature Prize
Charlotte Abotsi Former Subscriber & Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2019
Eloisa Amezcua, Poetry Magazine Contributor, Programming Contractor
Brittany Rogers, Poetry Incubator Fellow
Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Bradley Trumpfheller, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Lupe Mendez, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Steven Alvarez, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Ben Burkert, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Tarfia Faizullah, Poetry Magazine Contributor and Award Recipient
Noah Baldino, Poetry Contributor and Award Recipient
H. Melt Poetry Incubator Fellow 2017, Former Education & Youth Services Assistant, VS guest
Kay Ulanday Barrett Previous Guest Faculty (Poetry Incubator)
Imani Elizabeth Jackson, Incubator Fellow, 2017
Hanif Abdurraqib, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Gladys Teresa Hidalgo, Poetry Incubator Fellow 2018
Devin Samuels, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2017
Jameelah Jones Poetry Incubator Fellow (2018)
Keith S. Wilson, Poetry Incubator fellow, contributor
Jayme Ringleb, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Trisha Low, Harriet blog contributor
Nicole White-LeGrand
Shira Erlichman, Programming Contractor
Clint Smith, Contributor
Ariel Francisco
Jameson Fitzpatrick, Contributor
Jayson P. Smith, Poetry Incubator Fellow 2017
Eduardo C. Corral, Contributor and Award Recipient
Hari Alluri, Contributor
KMA Sullivan, Publisher (YesYes Books)
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Poetry Magazine contributor
Janan Alexandra, reader / subscriber
Zachary Schomburg, Contributor
Rachelle Toarmino, reader, previous subscriber
Zach Linge, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Rachel Mennies, Contributor
Perry Janes, Contributor and Incubator Fellow 2017
JD Scott, Poetry Incubator Fellow, 2016
Nicholas Nichols
Sophie Klahr
Tara Jayakar, Former Chicago resident & poet
Anthony Frame , former subscriber
Nick Ward, Booking Manager, Young Chicago Authors
Liz Ahl, Poetry Magazine subscriber
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Devin Kelly, Poet
beyza ozer, Contributor, former Events Assistant
Daniel Schonning, Poetry Magazine Contributor
Kien Lam, Contributor
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Daniel Lassell, Subscriber, poet
Monika Cassel, Poetry Magazine Contributor
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David Naimon Contributor
Anne Marie Rooney Contributor
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Darren C. Demaree
Phoebe Petersen
Charles Theonia
Erika Meitner, Contributor
Victoria Chang , Contributor
Kyle G. Dargan, Poetry Magazine Contributor, Poetry Out Loud Judge
Dana Levin, Poetry Magazine Contributor and Award recipient
Kamden Hilliard , Poet
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Contributor, Friends of Literature Prize Recipient
Maggy Bartek, Poet/Subscriber
Christina Im
Grady Chambers, Reader at a 2018 Poetry Foundation event
Robin Gow, Contributor and former subscriber
Yanyi, Contributor; Programming
Lynn Melnick, Poetry Magazine contributor
nicole v basta, poet, former subscriber
Hanne Williams-Baron, subscriber and VS listener
Marilyn Schotland
Su Hwang, Former subscriber /reader
Nina Li Coomes, 2016 Poetry Incubator Fellow; Former Media Intern
Ashleigh Gill, Reader
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Donika Kelly, contributor
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Izzy Casey Poetry Foundation Research Fellow, 2019-2020
Mallika Singh, Poet
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Hannah Rego
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Dena Rod
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Layla El-Dakhakhni
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Jake Skeets Poet
Leena Soman Navani Writer
Sadie Dupuis Poet
Maggie Smith contributor
Melissa A Lozada-Oliva Reader, subscriber,
Carolina Allas Gunter
Claire Kelly, reader
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Anna Ralls-Ulrich, Poet
Jeremy Cornelius subscriber
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Hoa Nguyen, contributor
Andrew Adair Previously avid reader
Lyd Havens reader
Soren Stockman Poet
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Michael J Pagan Reader
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Kayley Fouts Reader of Poetry Magazine
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Nathan Goldman Contributor (to online essays section)
Joshua Burton Poet
Diane Seuss contributor
Alice Hall former subscriber
Luke Burton
Jalen Woods poet
Kate Gaskin
Leena Aboutaleb Poet
Daria Cenedella Former subscriber
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Christopher Spaide Contributor
Caitlin Stamper Poet, Former Subscriber
Austin Araujo
Caroline Rayner poet and reader
Heidi Seaborn Poet, Subscriber
Canese Jarboe Former Subscriber
Casey Rocheteau VS podcast guest
Michael Schermerhorn
Kundai Moyo reader
Marigrace Angelo reader, poet
Imani Cezanne Poet
Calvin Harrison Subscriber
Jeremy Radin Former Subscriber
Raven Jackson Poet
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Nikki Wallschlaeger Poetry Magazine Contributor
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Leon Pan Poet
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Chestina Craig reader
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