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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

Poetry off the Shelf: Poesía en Abril: Piedad Bonnett and Hugo Mujica
Performance

Friday, April 25, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Poesía en Abril: Piedad Bonnett and Hugo Mujica

A performance and reading with featured poets Hugo Mujica and Piedad Bonnett celebrates two momentous occasions one hundred years in the past: the publication of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” in the March 1914...

Children's Poetry Day:  Poetry and Adventure
Children's Open House

Saturday, April 26, 10:00AM–1:00PM

Children's Poetry Day: Poetry and Adventure

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a delightful open house just for kids at the Poetry Foundation Library. In addition to musical adaptations of poems by Adventure Sandwich and screenings of children’s...

Poetry off the Shelf: Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest: Sonia Sanchez
Reading

Saturday, April 26, 2:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest: Sonia Sanchez

Celebrate National Poetry Month with internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and activist Sonia Sanchez. Author of more than 20 books and a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez has received the...

MCA Live: <em>Poetry Scarf</em>
Reading

Tuesday, April 29, 6:00PM

MCA Live: Poetry Scarf

Poetry magazine curates a series of readings by Chicago-based poets Hannah Gamble, Anthony Madrid, and Nate Marshall that resonate with the William J. O’Brien exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art,...

Wednesday Poemtime
Reading

Wednesday, April 30, 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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Harriet Reading Series: Joyelle McSweeney and Tyrone Williams
Reading

Thursday, May 1, 6:30PM

Harriet Reading Series: Joyelle McSweeney and Tyrone Williams

The Harriet Reading Series features established and emerging poets whose innovative approaches to the craft of poetry have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. Poet and novelist Joyelle...

Wednesday Poemtime
Reading

Wednesday, May 7, 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: Adrian Matejka
Reading

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Adrian Matejka

Poet Adrian Matejka, whose poems were included in the January 2014 issue of Poetry, reads at the Poetry Foundation. Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. He earned...

Poetry off the Shelf: B.H. Fairchild and Peggy Shumaker
Reading

Thursday, May 8, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: B.H. Fairchild and Peggy Shumaker

A reading and reception commemorates the 20th anniversary of Red Hen Press. Award-winning poet B.H. Fairchild explores the empty landscapes of small towns in Texas and Kansas, where he grew up. In 2014,...

Composing Truth to Power: Britten, Shostakovich and Prokofiev in the War Years
Lecture

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00PM

Composing Truth to Power: Britten, Shostakovich and Prokofiev in the War Years

Join us as CSO artistic programming advisor Gerard McBurney presents a talk and Q&A on the music, inspirations, outlooks, and lasting influence of composers Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

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