Events

Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

Poetry Foundation Library: Special Evening Hours

Tuesday, April 21, 4:00PM–7:00PM

Poetry Foundation Library: Special Evening Hours

The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public prior to our April Open Door Reading. 

Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 3,000 books especially for children, and listen...

The Open Door Readings: April
Reading

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00PM

The Open Door Readings: April

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program...

Wednesday Poemtime

Wednesday, April 22, 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.

<em> Fifth Wednesday Journal</em>: African American Poets in Review
Reading

Thursday, April 23, 6:30PM

Fifth Wednesday Journal: African American Poets in Review

Haki Madhubuti will introduce a reading by Kelly Norman Ellis, Calvin Forbes, Angela Jackson, and Roger Reeves. The event, which will include music and a reception, is co-presented by the independent...

Library Book Club
Conversation

Friday, April 24, 12:30PM–1:30PM

Library Book Club

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In April, we will discuss How to Be Drawn, the fifth collection from National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes. Space is...

Poetry off the Shelf: Dana Gioia
Event

Saturday, April 25, 2:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet, critic, and librettist. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia has published four full-length collections of poetry, most recently...

Poetry Out Loud Semifinals
Event

Tuesday, April 28, 9:00AM–8:00PM

Poetry Out Loud Semifinals

Teachers are welcome to bring classes for a field trip to the daytime semifinals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Maryland, Virginia, and DC champions will compete in the first round, from 9...

Wednesday Poemtime

Wednesday, April 29, 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.

 

 

Poetry Out Loud National Finals
Performance

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00PM

Poetry Out Loud National Finals

Watch Poetry Out Loud State Champions compete for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award.

<em>The Chicago 77 </em>First Friday
Opening

Friday, May 1, 6:00PM–9:00PM

The Chicago 77 First Friday

Join us at the First Friday gallery reception for The Chicago 77 exhibition at Poetry Foundation. The evening features include tabletop games, video screenings, and tunes by J. Johari Palacio aka Basis aka...

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