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Upcoming Poetry Foundation events in Chicago
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  • Kids & YA
    Wednesday, January 2nd, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, January 9th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, January 16th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, January 30th, 10:00 AM

    Children ages two to five are welcome to a weekly story time that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts. Join us in the Library every Wednesday morning!

  • Workshops & Discussions
    Friday, January 18th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In January, we read and discuss Ghost Of  by Diana Khoi Nguyen. Space is limited to 15 participants. To...

  • Performances
    Friday, January 18th, 7:00 PM

    Get a sneak peek of Dances with Words and Music before it premieres at the 2019 Ravinia Festival. Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Venetia Stifler and her dance company, Concert Dance Inc.,...

    Ruth Page dancers
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Monday, January 21st, 6:00 PM

    All are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney, Library Coordinator. In January, we will explore the form of the English sonnet, a lyrical, intricately...

  • Workshops & Discussions
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney, Library Coordinator. This poetry discussion and creative writing workshop explores and celebrates the cadaver, those...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00 PM

    Join us to celebrate 2018 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize winners, Thiahera Nurse and Andrew E. Colarusso, for the launch of their chapbooks Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone...

    Andrew Colarusso and Thiahera Nurse
  • Celebrations
    Friday, February 1st, 6:30 PM

    Take home a piece of Chicago history as the Poetry Foundation releases the new catalog for Jun Fujita: Oblivion, a book that extends the Poetry Foundation’s 2017 exhibition. The first...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00 PM

    Immerse yourself in an evening of poetry with one of Harvard Law School’s 50 Women Inspiring Change and author of Registers of Illuminated Villages and Seam, Tarfia Faizullah. Her poems...

    Image of the poet Tarfia Faizullah.
  • Readings & Lectures
    Wednesday, February 6th, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
    Wednesday, February 13th, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

    Champions from Chicagoland high schools recite classic and contemporary poems for the chance to represent Illinois at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, in April 2019. Poetry...

  • Celebrations
    Thursday, February 7th, 6:00 PM

    Celebrate the opening of The Lushness of Print, featuring the ekphrastic partnership between Samiya Bashir’s Poetry Salon and Letra Chueca Press, a woman- and Latinx-owned printing press that uses traditional...

    Detail of All My Life broadside
Please Note

Building Closures:

The building will be closed for maintenance on Friday, January 25.


11AM – 4PM
Extended Hours
Saturday, January 12, 11AM – 4PM
Tuesday, January 15, 4PM – 7PM