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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

Wednesday Poemtime
Reading

Wednesday, October 7, 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.


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Juan Felipe Herrera Reading and Conversation
Reading

Wednesday, October 7, 6:00PM

Juan Felipe Herrera Reading and Conversation

Join the US Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for the 61st annual Poetry Day. In 2012, Herrera was named California Poet Laureate, and the US Poet Laureate in 2015. He has won a Hungry Mind Award of...

<em>Grandma’s Tale</em>
Performance

Friday, October 9, 12:00PM

Grandma’s Tale

The Vilnius-based theater laboratory OPEN CIRCLE has created its first performance for children after the well-known poem “Grandma’s Tale,” by noted Lithuanian poet Salomėja Nėris. A gift for the youngest...

Curbside Splendor Publishing with Erika T. Wurth, W. Todd Kaneko, and Dasha Kelly
Reading

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00PM

Curbside Splendor Publishing with Erika T. Wurth, W. Todd Kaneko, and Dasha Kelly

Curbside Splendor authors Erika T. Wurth (Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend), W. Todd Kaneko (The Dead Wrestler Elegies), and Dasha Kelly (Almost Crimson) read from their works at this program introduced by Jacob S....

Poetry off the Shelf: Paul Muldoon
Reading

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon’s latest collection is One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015). He is the author of numerous other books of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. He...

Poetry off the Shelf: Joyce Carol Oates
Reading

Friday, October 16, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Joyce Carol Oates

The author of many books, Joyce Carol Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, essays, plays, poetry, the unlikely bestseller On Boxing (1987), and a new...

Open House Chicago
Open Hours

Saturday, October 17, 10:00AM–5:00PM
Sunday, October 18, 10:00AM–5:00PM

Open House Chicago

The Poetry Foundation celebrates Open House Chicago, an annual festival weekend that provides an opportunity for people to explore Chicago’s rich architecture, culture, and history by visiting featured...

The Open Door Readings: October
Reading

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00PM

The Open Door Readings: October

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...

Szymborska Celebration with Clare Cavanagh
Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00PM

Szymborska Celebration with Clare Cavanagh

Well-known in her native Poland, Wisława Szymborska received international recognition when she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Collections of her poems that have been translated into English...

Harriet Reading Series: Elaine Kahn Performance
Performance

Thursday, October 22, 7:00PM

Harriet Reading Series: Elaine Kahn Performance

The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog. The series presents both established and emerging poets whose writing...

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