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Upcoming Poetry Foundation events in Chicago
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  • Kids & YA
    Wednesday, November 7th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, November 14th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, November 21st, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, November 28th, 10:00 AM

    Children ages two to five are welcome to a weekly storytime that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

  • Workshops & Discussions
    Monday, November 19th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney, Library Coordinator. In November, we will discuss poetry composition, revision, and submission processes. After exploring...

  • Extended Hours
    Tuesday, November 20th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

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  • Readings & Lectures
    Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00PM

    The Open Door Reading series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. November's Open Door Reading presents Ed Roberson, avery r. young, and their...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Tuesday, November 27th, 7:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation selected Kristen Tracy's poetry manuscript, Half-Hazard, as the winner of the 2017 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Bob Hicok's ninth collection, Hold, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon...

  • Workshops & Discussions
    Wednesday, November 28th, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney, Library Coordinator. In November, we read and discuss poems dedicated to poisons, both literal toxin...

  • Performances
    Thursday, November 29th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    Celebrate Season 2 of VS, the Webby-nominated podcast that expands poetry beyond the page, with a live episode at the Chicago Podcast Festival. Cohosts Franny Choi and Danez Smith team...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, November 29th, 7:00 PM

    Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner, Copia, and Holy Moly Carry Me. Chen Chen’s debut...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Friday, November 30th, 7:00 PM

    Ishion Hutchinson is the author of two poetry collections and recipient of the National Book Critics Award for Poetry.

  • Readings & Lectures
    Tuesday, December 11th, 7:00 PM

    Chase Twichell is the author of eight books of poetry, including Things As It Is and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, which won a...

Please Note

Building Closures:

The Poetry Foundation will close at 3PM on Friday, November 9.

The building will be closed starting at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23. The building will re-open on Monday, November 26.

Library: Saturday Hours

Saturday, November 17, 11AM – 4PM

Library: Evening Hours

Tuesday, November 20, open until 7PM


11AM – 4PM