10/19/2012 10:15 am ET

Chicago's Poetry Magazine Celebrates 100 Year Milestone (PHOTOS)

As far as milestones go, there's nothing quite like a 100th birthday celebration. This month, Poetry magazine, with help from the Chicago Loop Alliance, is celebrating its centennial by peppering State Street with poetry from the magazine's past century.

Poetry magazine was founded in Chicago in October 1912 by editor Harriet Monroe, a one-time freelance correspondent to the Chicago Tribune who eventually became the paper's art critic. According to the Chicago Poetry Foundation, Monroe worked the first two years as editor sans salary.

(Scroll down to view photos of the State Street installation.)

The foundation also states the magazine is the "oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world." For the centennial celebration, the Poetry Foundation is encouraging Chicagoans to tweet photos of their favorite quotes from the banners around town using the hashtag #looppoetry.

The Poetry Foundation has also rounded up a great collection of celebratory or commemorative magazine covers from the past century.



Chicago's Poetry Magazine Turns 100