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Elizabeth Kray (1916 - 1987)
Elizabeth D. Kray Ussachevsky, known familiarly as Betty Kray, was co-founder of Poets House. She was a visionary New York-based arts administrator and advocate of poetry. Stanley Kunitz described Kray as “the moving spirit behind most of the programs and activities that have made New York the poetry capital of the United States and an international poetry center.'' Poets House presents an award for service to the field of poetry named in her honor biennially.