Ponsot Legacy Fund

Ponsot Legacy Fund

A dear friend to St. Joseph's College and an inspiration for The Writer's Foundry M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, Marie Birmingham Ponsot '40 was a poet, teacher, translator, literary critic and essayist.

Ms. Ponsot, who died on July 5, 2019 at 98 years old, was a steadfast believer in the power of the written word, and served as an active participant in our College for most of her life. She last visited SJC Brooklyn on Founders Day in 2016. 

As a tribute to a woman who has given so much to St. Joseph's and the literary world, The Writer's Foundry established the Marie Ponsot Legacy Fund, whose mission is to provide tuition and scholarship money to our students. 

If you'd like to make a contribution to the Marie Ponsot Legacy Fund, please fill out a donation form here

Marie PonsotMarie Ponsot is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Bird Catcher (1998), a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Springing: New and Selected Poems (2002), which was named a notable book of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

Among her awards are a creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize, The Robert Frost Poetry Award, the Shaughnessy Medal of the Modern Language Association, and The 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation.