Events

Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

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

Thursday, April 23, 6:30PM

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...

Poetry off the Shelf: Middle East Poetry Festival
Reading

Saturday, May 9, 2:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Middle East Poetry Festival

Peace! In these troubled times, we will ever achieve peace for ourselves, our families, our community, our world? Hear Iraqi and other Middle Eastern poets describe what peace means to them in their own...

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...

The Open Door Readings: May
Event

Tuesday, May 19, 7:00PM

The Open Door Readings: May

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...

Literature for All of Us 2015 Poetry Bash
Reading

Friday, May 22, 1:00PM–3:00PM

Literature for All of Us 2015 Poetry Bash

Youth come together to share parts of their lives and their perspectives on the world in poetic verse. Literature for All of Us invites you to come join us as they demand songs of peace and ask that we...

<em>Harriet</em> Reading Series: Lecture by Jon Leon
Event

Thursday, May 28, 6:30PM

Harriet Reading Series: Lecture by Jon Leon

The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets whose work has appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. The series presents both established and emerging poets whose...

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