New York, NY (February 28, 2023)—Now through July 2023, the Poetry Coalition will launch “and so much lost      you’d think / beauty had left a lesson: Poetry & Grief,” the coalition’s seventh annual programming initiative. For this collaborative effort, the organizations will offer a series of in-person and virtual programs that explore this year’s chosen theme.

Through their programming, which is made possible in part by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Poetry Coalition members aim to demonstrate how poetry can invite and inspire conversations in their communities about grief—an expansive and rich topic that has become imbued with deeper meaning over the last few years. 

The line “and so much lost      you’d think / beauty had left a lesson” is from the poem “once the magnolia has blossomed” by Ed Roberson

All organizations and others interested are invited to create programs on this theme in 2023 and share their efforts using the hashtags #PoetryAndGrief and #PoetryCoalition. For more information, visit:

Read the full press release.