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Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project

ROBERT PINSKY is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and this year's PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Honoree. PEN Center USA is recognizing Pinsky's important career as a master poet and poetic translator, along with the work of Honorees Dave Eggers, Charles Bowden, and Ellie Herman.

Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after he was appointed Poet Laureate. During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project volunteering to share their favorite poems — Americans from ages 5 to 97, from every state, of diverse occupations, kinds of education and backgrounds.

Favoritepoem.org contains all kinds of materials that came of the Project, including a gallery of 50 video documentaries showcasing individual Americans reading and talking about poems they love.

Impressed yet?

The PEN Center USA Annual Literary Awards Festival, where Robert Pinsky will receive his Award along with fourteen genre Award Winners, is PEN Center USA's biggest fundraiser of the year. Show your support for all that PEN does and come out for a glamorous evening at the Beverly Hills Hotel. All proceeds go towards PEN Center USA programming.