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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Lecture
    • Thursday, April 28th, 7:00 PM

    Rachel Zucker lectures on the intersection of poetry, confession, ethics, and disobedience. Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, The Pedestrians (2014), a double collection of poetry and prose and...

  2. Conversation
    • Friday, April 29th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In April, the book club discusses Rachel Zucker’s The Pedestrians. Rachel Zucker will attend. Space is limited to...

  3. Reading
    • Saturday, April 30th, 2:00 PM

    Born and raised in Nigeria, Chris Abani is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University and is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics,...

  4. Reading
    • Saturday, April 30th, 7:00 PM

    Raúl Zurita is one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial poets. After Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup, Zurita sought to register the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean...

  5. 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"...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

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    • Thursday, April 28
      Greenville, SC

      Presbyterian College

    • Thursday, April 28, 7:00PM
      Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY

      Spectres, Traces, Phantoms, and Sparks: A Poetry Séance by Dorothea Lasky

      Columbia University professor Lasky (ROME) holds a séance/lecture/reading that explores ideas of the ghostly in the work of Wallace Stevens, Bhanu Kapil, Anne Sexton and others for this event presented by JSTOR.

    • Friday, April 29, 12:00PM
      Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Chicago, IL

      Marcelo Morales and Aurea María Sotomayor

      Cuban-born poet and novelist Morales (Materia) and University of Pittsburgh professor Sotomayor (Artes poéticas), an important poet from the 70s Promotion in Puerto Rico, read for this event sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.