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Upcoming Poetry Foundation events in Chicago
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  • Kids & YA
    Wednesday, March 6th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, March 13th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, March 20th, 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, March 27th, 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
    Monday, March 18th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. In March, we focus on the ghazal, an intricate Eastern lyric that Agha Shahid Ali described...

  • Extended Hours
    Tuesday, March 19th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  • Readings & Lectures
    Tuesday, March 19th, 7:00 PM

    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 instructors...

    Jenny Boully, Sara Wainscott, Lily Someson, and Zachary Swezy.
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Wednesday, March 20th, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

    All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop in conversation with two Block Museum of Art exhibitions: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time and Isaac Julien’s groundbreaking...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, March 21st, 7:00 PM

    Learn more about the life of Juana of Castile, also known as “the mad queen of Spain,” through readings from the collection Juana I, written by Ana Arzoumanian and translated...

    Ana Arzoumanian, Gabriel Amor, & Marta Hernández
  • Performances
    Saturday, March 23rd, 7:00 PM

    Explore a salon brought into the 21st century with Chicago-based artist and organizer Theaster Gates. The GRAMMY-nominated Spektral Quartet will spotlight some of the city’s most charismatic creatives in music,...

    Spektral Quartet
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Tuesday, March 26th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    The Hannah Arendt Poetry and Philosophy Address invites Fred Moten and Robert Gooding-Williams to engage in conversation about the place of poetry in a world increasingly defined by political and...

  • Performances
    Thursday, March 28th, 10:00 PM

    Join us for a special crossover episode of VS, the Webby-nominated podcast that expands poetry beyond the page, and the Ellie-nominated Poetry Magazine Podcast with a live episode at AWP. Cohosts Franny Choi and...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, April 4th, 7:00 PM

    Join us for a poetry reading with University of Chicago professors John Wilkinson and Edgar Garcia. Wilkinson serves as director of creative writing at the University of Chicago; his books...

    John Wilkinson and Edgar Garcia


11AM – 4PM
Extended Hours
Saturday, March 16, 11–4PM
Tuesday, March 19, 4–7PM