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From the neighborhood library of Gwendolyn Brooks, to the Union Stock Yards, where Chicago became Carl Sandburg’s “Hog Butcher for the World,” to the birthplace of slam poetry, the Chicago Poetry Tour explores the city’s history through its dynamic poets and poetry.
Schedule: Every Two Weeks

The El Train

The El, or the elevated train system, is one of Chicago’s most distinctive features, “the sound of the city.” Reginald Gibbons and members of the Speak Easy Ensemble share their El-inspired poetry.

MORE EPISODES FROM Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast

DATE TITLE POETS
10/19/2010 Listen South Side Community Arts Center Haki Madhubuti
10/05/2010 Listen Hall Library Gwendolyn Brooks
09/21/2010 Listen Bronzeville Margaret Walker
09/07/2010 Listen DuSable Museum Quraysh Ali Lansana
08/24/2010 Listen Pilsen Stuart Dybek
Ana Castillo
08/10/2010 Listen The Green Mill  
07/27/2010 Listen Danny's Tavern Srikanth Reddy
07/13/2010 Listen The Newberry Library  
06/29/2010 Listen New Chinatown Li-Young Lee
06/15/2010 Listen Graceland Cemetery Carl Sandburg
Vachel Lindsay
Harriet Monroe
06/01/2010 Listen Maxwell Street Michael Anania
05/18/2010 Listen The Velvet Lounge Sterling D. Plumpp
05/04/2010 Listen Chess Records Sterling D. Plumpp
Tyehimba Jess
04/20/2010 Listen Stock Yard Gate Carl Sandburg
04/06/2010 Listen Haymarket Monument  
03/23/2010 Listen The El Train Reginald Gibbons
03/09/2010 Listen Harold Washington Library Gwendolyn Brooks
Edward Hirsch
Albert Goldbarth
02/23/2010 Listen Walking to Harold Washington Library Harriet Monroe
John Frederick Nims
George H. Dillon
02/09/2010 Listen Fine Arts Building Edgar Lee Masters
01/26/2010 Listen Cliff Dwellers Club Carl Sandburg
Vachel Lindsay
01/12/2010 Listen Art Institute of Chicago Stuart Dybek
Lisel Mueller
W. S. Di Piero
12/29/2009 Listen Chicago Cultural Center Carl Sandburg
Gwendolyn Brooks
Michael Anania
Sterling D. Plumpp
Li-Young Lee
Haki Madhubuti

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