Lisle High School’s First Distinguished Alumni Award
March 4, 2018
I wanted to let you know that last week, the Distinguished Alumni committee selected John Barr '61 as its first Distinguished Alumni Award winner. On May 25th, we will have a reception in our library, similar to the Hall of Fame one, for Mr. Barr. We will recognize his accomplishments in the library and present him with a plaque. He will then participate in the commencement ceremony that evening, where he will address the class of 2018.
I thought the Nalley Foundation would want to know and be a part of this evening. I will get you more specific times as it gets closer.
Lisle High School
"John Barr is a true leader in the worlds of business and the arts and a friend. The committee could not have made a better choice. We are proud that he is a partner of the Carlin Nalley Foundation," John Bartels, Lisle Class of 1985, CNF Board President.
A Call from Home
John Barr at the Benefit for Literacy Gala was honored as 2013 Individual Leader in Literacy for his contributions with the Poetry Foundation. — at Oheka Castle.
About John Barr
Barr grew up in Lisle, Illinois and earned a BA in English from Harvard University on an ROTC scholarship. After serving in the Navy for five years during the Vietnam War, he returned to Harvard Business School to earn an MBA. Barr's poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, and his books of poetry include The Hundred Fathom Curve (1997)—expanded and updated as The Hundred Fathom Curve: New & Collected Poems (2011)—and the mock-epic Grace: Book One of the Adventures of Ibn Opcit (1999, 2013) and Opcit at Large: Book Two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit (2013). He lives in New York and Chicago.
John Barr served as the first president of the Poetry Foundation from 2004 to 2013, where he worked with the board to develop the Foundation's strategic plan and to build a permanent home for Poetry magazine, the first in its 100-year history. He has taught in the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College and has served on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, Yaddo, and Bennington College.
POEMS BY JOHN BARR
Source: Poetry Foundation
John Barr Milestones:
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Published on Apr 13, 2013
Moderated by John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation, this distinguished panel featured three American veterans who were prisoners of war in different conflicts. They discussed their experiences as POWs and how they endured their time in captivity.