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Wednesday Poemtime
Reading

Wednesday, October 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 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...

Wednesday Poemtime
Reading

Wednesday, October 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.

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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...

<em>Harriet </em>Reading Series: Lucy Ives
Lecture

Thursday, October 9, 6:30PM

Harriet Reading Series: Lucy Ives

Lucy Ives holds degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of Orange Roses, Anamnesis, and the “brief novel” Nineties. Ives is a deputy editor at Triple Canopy and lives in New...

Franny Choi's
Reading

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00PM

Franny Choi's "Homebody" and Natalie Shapero's "Late Sign of Hunger"

In conjunction with the exhibition My Barbarian, Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, Gallery 400 and the Poetry Foundation co-present a poetry reading by Franny Choi and Natalie Shapero.

Poetry Off the Shelf: MAKE Exchange with Mexican Authors and Visual Artists
Performance

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00PM

Poetry Off the Shelf: MAKE Exchange with Mexican Authors and Visual Artists

As part of its four-day festival in Chicago and Mexico City, MAKE Literary Productions hosts a multi-media evening with poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky, poet and critic Luis Felipe Fabre, and painter and poet Valerie Mejer Caso. The program will be in Spanish and English with some translations moving from one medium to another, as well as from one language to another.

Poetry Day: Carolyn Forché & Jamaal May
Reading

Thursday, October 16, 6:00PM

Poetry Day: Carolyn Forché & Jamaal May

Join poets from two generations for the 60th annual Poetry Day. Carolyn Forché’s famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.” Jamaal May’s first book, Hum, won the 2013 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

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