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The Elizabeth Kray Award ("The Betty")
Poets House presents the Elizabeth Kray Award ("The Betty") biennially to an individual or individuals whose service to the field of poetry embodies the spirit of Elizabeth Kray's work and ideals. In founding Poets House with Stanley Kunitz, Kray created a place dedicated to poetry and poets. In the words of the late poet Denise Levertov, Kray was "poetry's patron saint." From her Poets in the Schools program to the shaping of the modern-day poetry reading series, Kray was an innovative advocate for a greater presence for poetry in our country.