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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Conversation
    • Friday, May 13th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In May, the book club discusses Jericho Brown’s The New Testament. Jericho Brown will attend. Space...

  2. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Young children and their parents/guardians are also invited to join us for Saturday Poemtime at 10:30AM.  Browse our collection of nearly 30,000...

  3. Workshop
    • Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In May, Forms and Features focuses on dialogue, the verbal exchange between two or more...

  4. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, May 17th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public prior to our May Open Door Reading.  Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 2,500 chapbooks, and a current selection...

  5. Reading
    • Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00 PM

    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 college and graduate...

  6. Workshop
    • Thursday, May 19th, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

    Delve into the poetry and mythic tales that inspired the artists in the Monster Roster. Plus, create mixed media art based on the writings. Free, open to all skill levels. The first...

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 PM

      Join us for a reading and reception with Fifth Wednesday Journal. Celebrated poet, novelist, activist, translator and scholar Ana Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. Her most recent poetry collection...

  8. Workshop
    • Monday, May 23rd, 6:00 PM–7:30 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 the form of the English sonnet, a...

  9. Reading
    • Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00 PM

    Alice Fulton is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Dance Script with Electric Ballerina (1982), which won an Associated Writing Programs Award; Palladium (1986), winner of the National Poetry Series;...

  10. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 25th, 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. Larry O. Dean attended the University...

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  • Community Events

    • 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.



    • Friday, April 29, 7:30PM
      Art Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

      Asuncion, Chen, Rankine and Richardson

      The Empire Reading Series presents Kundiman fellow Asuncion, Asian American Writers’ Workshop executive director Chen (Juvenilia), UMass Amherst visiting professor Rankine (Incorrect Merciful Impulses) and Princeton University professor Richardson (By the Numbers).

    • Saturday, April 30, 7:00PM
      Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA

      GET LIT’s Classic Slam Poetry Competition

      Three hundred teenage poets from Southern California compete in the fifth year of this spoken-word event presented by in-school literacy program GET LIT.