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January 1, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Ruth Lilly, a prolific philanthropist who was the last surviving great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly, died Wednesday in Indianapolis, a family spokesman said. She was 94. The cause of death was not released. Over the course of her life, the reclusive Lilly gave away the bulk of her inheritance from the Eli Lilly & Co. fortune, donating an estimated $800 million, mainly to Indiana-based charitable and arts institutions. In 2002, she gave $100 million to an obscure but influential literary association based in Chicago.
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February 17, 2010 | By Nick Madigan
Lucille Clifton, a National Book Award-winning poet and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. She was 73. Clifton had been ill with an infection, her sister, Elaine Philip, told the Buffalo News. She had undergone surgery to remove her colon on Friday, but the exact cause of death remains undetermined. In 2001, Clifton won the National Book Award for "Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000."
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April 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Gary Snyder, a poet known for his verse about nature and spirituality and a former member of the beat movement along with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, has won the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, awarded annually by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. "His poetry is a testament to the sacredness of the natural world and our relation to it, and a prophecy of what we stand to lose if we forget that relation," Christian Wiman, chairman of the selection committee, said Tuesday. Snyder, who turns 78 in May, has published such collections as "Regarding Wave," "No Nature" and "Turtle Island," winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Ruth Lilly, a prolific philanthropist who was the last surviving great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly, died Wednesday in Indianapolis, a family spokesman said. She was 94. The cause of death was not released. Over the course of her life, the reclusive Lilly gave away the bulk of her inheritance from the Eli Lilly & Co. fortune, donating an estimated $800 million, mainly to Indiana-based charitable and arts institutions. In 2002, she gave $100 million to an obscure but influential literary association based in Chicago.
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June 4, 1989 | From United Press International
Mona Van Duyn, whose poetry seeks to reveal the deeper meanings of everyday events, was awarded the nation's biggest annual poetry award Friday--the $25,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The award, established by Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, is presented each year by the American Council for the Arts and the Modern Poetry Assn., publisher of Poetry magazine.
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December 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
Billionaire arts patron Ruth Lilly, who gave about $100 million to Poetry magazine, is exceeding that with a gift to Americans for the Arts. The donation from Lilly, the last great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly, will amount to more than $120 million over 30 years.
NEWS
June 7, 1986 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Feminist poet Adrienne Rich, whose powerful, often angry writings celebrate life, love and political causes, won the first $25,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize on Friday, the largest literary award dedicated to U.S. poets. "I'm almost without words," said Rich, 57, a professor of English and feminist studies at Stanford University and author of a dozen volumes of poetry and two prose works.
OPINION
November 25, 2002
Ruth Lilly's donation of $100 million to a poetry magazine is truly a selfish act (Nov. 19). Instead of giving her money to those who could truly benefit from it -- such as those who can't afford the drugs her namesake pharmaceutical company sells -- she has chosen to lavish a huge endowment on a magazine that prints some poetry. There is no way in the world that this magazine could ever need that much money. A gift of $1 million would have been more than enough to ensure that her cherished Poetry magazine could keep on going.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2002 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Growing up in a secretive family of almost unfathomable wealth, driven to school by Pinkerton guards who took a different route each day to throw off would-be kidnappers, Ruth Lilly explored the world mostly through poetry. As she grew up, she began to write poems of her own, publishing a few, under a pseudonym. They were pretty good, a top editor would say later, but not great.
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May 26, 2006 | Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
Hush. It's a loud world out there, a brash and frantic and unruly one, and if you don't pause every once in a while, if you don't shut off the cellphone or power down the BlackBerry, if you don't cease your own antic yammering over something-or-other, you'll miss it. Miss what?
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April 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Gary Snyder, a poet known for his verse about nature and spirituality and a former member of the beat movement along with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, has won the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, awarded annually by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. "His poetry is a testament to the sacredness of the natural world and our relation to it, and a prophecy of what we stand to lose if we forget that relation," Christian Wiman, chairman of the selection committee, said Tuesday. Snyder, who turns 78 in May, has published such collections as "Regarding Wave," "No Nature" and "Turtle Island," winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2006 | Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
Hush. It's a loud world out there, a brash and frantic and unruly one, and if you don't pause every once in a while, if you don't shut off the cellphone or power down the BlackBerry, if you don't cease your own antic yammering over something-or-other, you'll miss it. Miss what?
NATIONAL
December 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
Billionaire arts patron Ruth Lilly, who gave about $100 million to Poetry magazine, is exceeding that with a gift to Americans for the Arts. The donation from Lilly, the last great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly, will amount to more than $120 million over 30 years.
OPINION
November 25, 2002
Ruth Lilly's donation of $100 million to a poetry magazine is truly a selfish act (Nov. 19). Instead of giving her money to those who could truly benefit from it -- such as those who can't afford the drugs her namesake pharmaceutical company sells -- she has chosen to lavish a huge endowment on a magazine that prints some poetry. There is no way in the world that this magazine could ever need that much money. A gift of $1 million would have been more than enough to ensure that her cherished Poetry magazine could keep on going.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2002 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Growing up in a secretive family of almost unfathomable wealth, driven to school by Pinkerton guards who took a different route each day to throw off would-be kidnappers, Ruth Lilly explored the world mostly through poetry. As she grew up, she began to write poems of her own, publishing a few, under a pseudonym. They were pretty good, a top editor would say later, but not great.
NEWS
June 4, 1989 | From United Press International
Mona Van Duyn, whose poetry seeks to reveal the deeper meanings of everyday events, was awarded the nation's biggest annual poetry award Friday--the $25,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The award, established by Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, is presented each year by the American Council for the Arts and the Modern Poetry Assn., publisher of Poetry magazine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Nick Madigan
Lucille Clifton, a National Book Award-winning poet and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. She was 73. Clifton had been ill with an infection, her sister, Elaine Philip, told the Buffalo News. She had undergone surgery to remove her colon on Friday, but the exact cause of death remains undetermined. In 2001, Clifton won the National Book Award for "Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000."
NEWS
April 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Poet C.K. Williams, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and many other honors, has been named this year's recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, for which he will be awarded $100,000. The prize was announced Wednesday by Poetry magazine, where Williams' first published verse appeared, in 1964. The 68-year-old Williams' many books include "The Singing," "Flesh and Blood" and "Repair," winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.
NEWS
June 7, 1986 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Feminist poet Adrienne Rich, whose powerful, often angry writings celebrate life, love and political causes, won the first $25,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize on Friday, the largest literary award dedicated to U.S. poets. "I'm almost without words," said Rich, 57, a professor of English and feminist studies at Stanford University and author of a dozen volumes of poetry and two prose works.
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