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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, July 23rd, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 2,500 chapbooks, and a selection of local and...

  2. Workshop
    • Saturday, July 23rd, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In July, Forms and Features focuses on rhythm, the audible pattern formed of stressed and...

  3. Workshop
    • Monday, July 25th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. Together, we will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called...

  4. Workshop
    • Tuesday, July 26th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In July, Forms and Features focuses on rhythm, the audible pattern formed of stressed and...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, July 27th, 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. Sign up to receive our event newsletter in...

  6. Block Party
    • Saturday, July 30th, 2:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community at the site of the historic Wabash YMCA...

  7. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, August 2nd, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
    • Thursday, August 4th, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM

    Teen Summer Poetry Camps are free and open to poetry-loving preteens and teens of all experience levels. This is a special opportunity to read, write, and discuss original poems that vary...

  8. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 3rd, 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. Francesco Levato is a poet, a...

  9. Conversation
    • Friday, August 5th, 12:00 PM

    Neha Vedpathak speaks with poet Srikanth Reddy about the ritual and materials of her plucked paper works; fashioning stones from sand, pigment, sap, and solar energy; and her virtual dialog...

  10. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, August 6th, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 25,000 chapbooks and a selection of local and national...

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  • Neha Vedpathak, detail, “Bhaba,” (2016)
    Current Exhibition
    Jul 11, 2016 – Sep 15, 2016

    A virtual dialogue between the artist and the poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kay Ryan, Bhaba is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that includes a large-scale paper work, an installation of handmade “stones,” and a mixed-media garland. Vedpathak’s “plucking” technique, in which she...

  • Community Events

    • Saturday, July 23, 5:00PM
      Metro Cafe, Hartford, CT

      Martín Espada

      Shelley Memorial Award winner and UMass-Amherst professor Espada (Vivas to Those Who Have Failed) reads at the Metro Cafe in Hartford. 

    • Sunday, July 24, 5:00PM
      teatro paraguas, Santa Fe, NM

      Christopher J. Johnson, Dana Levin, and Leah Umansky

      Santa Fe poet Johnson reads with Maryville University Distinguished Writer in Residence Levin (Banana Palace) and New York City English teacher Umansky (Straight Away the Emptied World).

    • Monday, July 25, 10:00AM
      Stamler Center, Sewanee, TN 

      Marilyn Nelson

      Chancellor of the Academy of American poets Nelson (My Seneca Village) gives a craft lecture as part of the Sewanee Writers Conference at The University of the South.