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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Wednesday, June 8th, 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. Richie Hofmann is the author of...

  2. Workshop
    • Thursday, June 9th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    A special Forms and Features poetry workshop dedicated to the poetry that inspired the artists in Monster Roster. The second of two Monster Verse programs presented in collaboration with the Poetry...

  3. Reading
    • Wednesday, June 22nd, 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. Kelly Norman Ellis is the author...

  4. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, June 25th, 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...

  5. Workshop
    • Saturday, June 25th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In June, Forms and Features examines the eclogue, a short dialogue or soliloquy that most...

    • Monday, July 11th, 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, July 12th, 9:00 AM
    • Wednesday, July 13th, 9:00 AM
    • Thursday, July 14th, 9:00 AM
    • Friday, July 15th, 9:00 AM

    Poetry Foundation is accepting applications for its second Summer Poetry Teachers Institute in Chicago. Participants of this five-day institute will study and discuss poetry with renowned poetry practitioners, Poetry Foundation...

  6. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, July 12th, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
    • Thursday, July 14th, 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...

  7. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, July 19th, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
    • Thursday, July 21st, 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. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, July 23rd, 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...

  9. 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...

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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.