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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

Summer Poetry Teachers Institute
Event

Monday, June 29, 9:00AM–5:00PM
Tuesday, June 30, 9:00AM–5:00PM
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00AM–5:00PM
Thursday, July 2, 9:00AM–5:00PM
Friday, July 3, 9:00AM–12:00PM

Summer Poetry Teachers Institute

Poetry Foundation is accepting applications for its first Summer Poetry Teachers Institute in Chicago. Participants of this five-day institute will study and discuss poetry with renowned poetry practitioners, Poetry Foundation staff, and expert teachers to develop lesson plans to bring back to their classrooms.

Wednesday Poemtime

Wednesday, July 1, 10:00AM

Wednesday Poemtime

The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

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POETRY Summertime PARTY
Celebration

Wednesday, July 1, 6:30PM

POETRY Summertime PARTY

Join us at the first of a series of quarterly launch parties celebrating the newest issues of Poetry magazine, its contributors, readers, and the poetry curious. The POETRY Summertime PARTY, celebrating...

Wednesday Poemtime

Wednesday, July 8, 10:00AM

Wednesday Poemtime

The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

A Celebration of International Poetry: New Generation African Poets Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo & Warsan Shire
Reading

Thursday, July 9, 7:00PM

A Celebration of International Poetry: New Generation African Poets Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo & Warsan Shire

The Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to six cities and focus on major...

A Quiet Night In with the Mekons: readings, writings and songs
Performance

Monday, July 13, 7:00PM

A Quiet Night In with the Mekons: readings, writings and songs

"The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll” – wrote rock critic Lester Bangs. This genre-defying collective emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, where the mekons...

Junior High Summer Poetry Camp (Grades 6–8)
Summer Camp

Tuesday, July 14, 1:30PM–3:30PM
Tuesday, July 21, 1:30PM–3:30PM
Tuesday, July 28, 1:30PM–3:30PM

Junior High Summer Poetry Camp (Grades 6–8)

The Junior High Summer Poetry Camp is free and open to poetry-loving youth of all experience levels in grades 6-8.  Participants will meet once a week for three weeks to read, discuss, and respond to...

Rush Hour Concert: Spektral Quartet featuring poems by Russell Edson & Mark Strand
Performance

Tuesday, July 14, 5:15PM

Rush Hour Concert: Spektral Quartet featuring poems by Russell Edson & Mark Strand

The Spektral Quartet performs music of Arvo Pärt and David Reminick. Selections from Dave Reminick's "The Ancestral Mousetrap," the libretto of which is taken from the darkly absurd poetry of Russell Edson,...

Pop-up Poetry: Hannah Gamble
Reading

Wednesday, July 15, 12:00PM

Pop-up Poetry: Hannah Gamble

A series of short performance/talks by Chicago poets explore communal creativity and artistic collaboration, inspired by Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions

Hannah Gamble is the author of Your...

Teen Summer Poetry Camp I (Grades 9 & 10)
Summer Camp

Thursday, July 16, 10:30AM–12:30PM
Thursday, July 23, 10:30AM–12:30PM
Thursday, July 30, 10:30AM–12:30PM

Teen Summer Poetry Camp I (Grades 9 & 10)

Participants will meet once a week for three weeks to read, discuss, and respond to contemporary works of poetry. Participants will analyze a variety of poetic works, and learn poetic and storytelling...

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