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Upcoming Poetry Foundation events in Chicago
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  • Performances
    Sunday, October 28th, 7:00 PM

    This special concert features the song set by Gustav Mahler from the immortal collection of German 19th-century folk poetry, Das Knaben Wunderhorn ("Youth's Magic...

  • Celebrations
    Thursday, September 20th
    Tuesday, October 30th, 7:00 PM

    The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame presents the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement to a Chicago author who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution...

  • Workshops & Discussions
    Friday, November 2nd, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In November, we read and discuss A Cruelty Special to...

    Image of the poet Emily Jungmin Yoon.
  • Readings & Lectures
    Friday, November 2nd, 6:00 PM

    Queer, Muslim, American poet and prose writer Kazim Ali has always navigated complex intersections and interstices just to make a life. In his newest...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Saturday, November 3rd, 12:30 PM

    Winner of the 2017 National Poetry series, trans poet Jos Charles’s revolutionary second collection of poetry, feeld, features a transliteration of English that acts...

  • Workshops & Discussions
    Saturday, November 3rd, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. To celebrate the fall changes in...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Saturday, November 10th, 1:00 PM

    Join two-time US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey as she unveils Monument: Poems New and Selected, her first retrospective.

  • Readings & Lectures
    Monday, November 12th, 7:00 PM

    Anne Waldman is a touchstone of the lively and experimental wings of the New American Poetry, particularly the Beat and New York school communities,...

  • Performances
    Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 PM

    Fonema Consort delves into the expressive musical potential that lies in the convergence of painting and language in a program of works that take...

  • Extended Hours
    Saturday, November 17th, 11:00 AM–4:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Browse our collection of more than 30,000 books of poetry, including 2,500...

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Please Note


The building will be closed to the public on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25. The building will resume normal hours on Wednesday, September 26.

Library: Special Saturday Hours

Tuesday, October 16, 4–7:00 PM


11AM – 4PM