Events

Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

August Wilson: From Poet to Playwright
Performance

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00PM

August Wilson: From Poet to Playwright

Although best known for his “Century Cycle” of plays detailing the African American experience in each decade of the last century, Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson began his writing career as a poet,...

<em>Bagley Wright Lecture Series </em>: Terrance Hayes
Lecture

Thursday, April 2, 7:00PM

Bagley Wright Lecture Series : Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes discusses "Poems from Prison" as part of the spring Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The series seeks to provide leading poets with the opportunity to explore in depth their own...

<em> Anthem for Doomed Youth </em>

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00PM

Anthem for Doomed Youth

World War I, which began just over a hundred years ago, came to be known as the Great War for its unprecedented scope and the vast carnage caused by its new technologies of killing. The conflict is also...

<em> The BreakBeat Poets </em>
Performance

Thursday, April 16, 7:00PM

The BreakBeat Poets

Join editors Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall, and Quraysh Ali Lansana to celebrate the release of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, the first anthology of its kind. Spanning four...

Children's Poetry Day:<em> A Poetry Menagerie </em>
Event

Saturday, April 18, 10:00AM–1:00PM

Children's Poetry Day: A Poetry Menagerie

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a delightful open house just for kids at the Poetry Foundation Library. This special weekend event will feature a variety of performances, interactive activities, and...

The Open Door Readings: April
Reading

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00PM

The Open Door Readings: April

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 writing program...

<em> Fifth Wednesday Journal</em>: African American Poets in Review
Reading

Saturday, April 25, 2:00PM

Fifth Wednesday Journal: African American Poets in Review

Haki Madhubuti will introduce a reading by Kelly Norman Ellis, Calvin Forbes, Angela Jackson, and Roger Reeves. The event, which will include music and a reception, is co-presented by the independent...

Poetry off the Shelf: Dana Gioia
Event

Saturday, April 25, 2:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet, critic, and librettist. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia has published four full-length collections of poetry, most recently...

Poesía en Abril featuring Olvido García Valdés and Héctor Carreto
Reading

Saturday, May 2, 7:00PM

Poesía en Abril featuring Olvido García Valdés and Héctor Carreto

The annual bilingual festival Poesía en Abril returns to the Poetry Foundation for readings by two of its featured poets. Olvido García Valdés is the author of a dozen collections of poetry, as well as...

Kundiman Reading featuring Li-Young Lee, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Eugenia Leigh, and Helene Achanzar
Reading

Thursday, May 14, 7:00PM

Kundiman Reading featuring Li-Young Lee, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Eugenia Leigh, and Helene Achanzar

The Poetry Foundation, in partnership with Kundiman, a national organization that supports Asian American writers, presents a reading of Kundiman faculty and fellows. Li-Young Lee is the author of five...

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