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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Sunday, May 1st, 3:00 PM

    Voyage of the Sable Venus, Robin Coste Lewis's extraordinary new collection, won the 2015 National Book Award for poetry. It is an absorbing and moving meditation on the "Sable Venus"...

  2. Performance
    • Tuesday, May 3rd, 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
    • Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 PM–9:15 PM

    No tickets required. Visit poetryoutloud.org for more information. Watch Poetry Out Loud State Champions compete for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award.  Teachers are welcome to bring...

  3. Celebration
    • Wednesday, May 4th, 6:30 PM

    Join us for Poetry magazine’s seasonal party! Celebrate the March, April, and May 2016 issues of Poetry with contributors, editors, and the poetry curious. Festivities include readings, performances, music, and...

  4. Reading
    • Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 PM

    Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo'um (2002); Dance Dance Revolution (2007), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; and Engine Empire (2012). Her honors include fellowships from...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 11th, 10:00 AM

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

  6. Conversation
    • Wednesday, May 11th, 12:00 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Stuart Dybek is the author of...

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, May 12th, 7:00 PM

    The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. The series presents both established and emerging poets whose writing...

  8. Conversation
    • Friday, May 13th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In May, the book club discusses Jericho Brown’s The New Testament. Jericho Brown will attend. Space...

  9. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    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 10:30AM.  Browse our collection of nearly 30,000...

  10. Workshop
    • Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In May, Forms and Features focuses on dialogue, the verbal exchange between two or more...

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  • Community Events

    • Sunday, May 1, 5:00PM
      Eighth Street Taproom, Lawrence, KS

      Serena Chopra, Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Joshua Ware

      Denver-based poets Chopra (Ic), Lee (Solar Maximum) and Ware (Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen) read for The Taproom Poetry Series hosted by Megan Kaminski and Jim McCrary.

    • Monday, May 2, 6:30PM
      The Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

      Michael Seth Stewart and Basil King on John Weiners

      Stewart, editor of Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals John Wieners, discusses his archival research and painter and writer King reads a poem about his friend Wieners for "John Weiners: Love in the Archive."