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 Poetry Foundation Library: Special Saturday Hours
Extended Hours

Saturday, September 20, 10:00AM–2:00PM

Poetry Foundation Library: Special Saturday Hours

The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Young children and their parents/guardians are also invited to join us for Saturday Poemtime at 10:30 AM.

Saturday Poemtime
Conversation

Saturday, September 20, 10:30AM

Saturday Poemtime

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

<em>Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins</em>
Performance

Saturday, September 20, 6:00PM

Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins

Join the Poetry Foundation for a performance of Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins, an oratorio for solo voice and electronics by Douglas Kearney and Haitian-born experimental musician and sound...

Poetry Off the Shelf: Todd Swift & John Wilkinson
Reading

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00PM

Poetry Off the Shelf: Todd Swift & John Wilkinson

Two notable British poets read from new volumes of their respective selected poems,
and discuss the state of contemporary poetry in the UK. Todd Swift is Senior Lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing...

Wednesday Poemtime
Conversation

Wednesday, September 24, 10:00AM

Wednesday Poemtime

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


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Poetry Off the Shelf: Giacomo Leopardi: Michael Caesar, Franco D'Intino, & Jonathan Galassi
Reading

Thursday, September 25, 7:00PM

Poetry Off the Shelf: Giacomo Leopardi: Michael Caesar, Franco D'Intino, & Jonathan Galassi

Hailed by many as the greatest Italian poet after Dante, Giacomo Leopardi was born in 1798 and wrote prolifically before his death from cholera in 1837. Join the translator of his Canti, and the editors of...

Poetry Off the Shelf: Ko Un
Reading

Thursday, October 2, 6:00PM

Poetry Off the Shelf: Ko Un

The Korean poet and activist makes a rare Chicago appearance. A former Buddhist monk and political prisoner, Ko Un has published more than 150 books, and has been translated into dozens of languages. The...

<em> Words or Music? </em> Renée Fleming & Mark Strand
Conversation

Tuesday, October 7, 7:00PM

Words or Music? Renée Fleming & Mark Strand

Two of the greatest living practitioners of their respective art forms explore the power of words and music through conversation and readings. Superstar soprano Renée Fleming and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet...

Library Book Club
Event

Wednesday, October 8, 12:30PM

Library Book Club

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In October, the book club discusses Timothy Donnelly’s The Cloud Corporation. Timothy Donnelly will attend. Space is...

Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry: Timothy Donnelly
Lecture

Wednesday, October 8, 7:00PM

Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry: Timothy Donnelly

Timothy Donnelly discusses "Meaningfulness and Homesickness" as part of the Fall Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The series seeks to provide leading poets with the opportunity to explore in depth...

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