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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Performance
    • Saturday, May 27th, 7:00 PM

    Created by acclaimed pianist Inna Faliks, Music/Words is an interdisciplinary performance series that explores the connections between poetry and music in the form of a live recital and reading with...

  2. Workshop
    • Tuesday, May 30th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    Join us for a discussion and creative writing workshop celebrating the poetry of Audre Lorde, self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who, in both her work and life, argued that...

  3. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 31st, 10:00 AM

    The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

  4. Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 31st, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Join us for a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop in conversation with the artworks in The Earth Will Not Abide. Led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney, participants will...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 31st, 7:00 PM

    Join us in celebrating student poets ages 8 - 14 at the Hands On Stanzas All Schools Reading! Hands on Stanzas is a program of the Poetry Center of Chicago:...

    • Thursday, June 1st, 6:00 PM

    Chicago writers Kevin Coval and Mayda del Valle present an evening of poetry in response to the exhibition Robert Frank: Photos. Kevin Coval is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry...

  6. Reading
    • Thursday, June 1st, 7:00 PM

    Harmony Holiday is the author of the poetry collections Hollywood Forever (2017), Negro League Baseball (2011), which won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize, and Go Find your Father/A Famous Blues...

  7. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Monday, June 5th, 6:30 PM

    Premiering Manual Cinema’s video in her honor

  8. Reading
    • Wednesday, June 7th, 10:00 AM

    The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

  9. Celebration
    • Wednesday, June 7th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other participants in underserved neighborhoods. Join Literature for All of...

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  • Browse Poems

  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.

  • Community Events

    • Friday, May 26, 7:30PM
      Hillside Coffee and Tea, Victoria, BC

      Rhonda Ganz and Shirley Graham

      Kenyan-Canadian poet Ganz and psychologist and poet Graham (Book of Blue) read for the Planet Earth Poetry series.

    • Saturday, May 27, 8:00PM
      Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

      Harold Abramowitz, Janice Lee, Wendy C. Ortiz, and others

      Civil Coping Mechanisms authors, including Abramowitz, Lee, and Ortiz, read for "The Self is a Hybrid Form," an event that explores "work that radically re-imagines autobiography, the self, and the literary conventions of personal narrative."

    • Sunday, May 28, 5:00PM
      The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

      Favorite Poem WorldOut Games Reading

      Local readers and WorldOut Games participants from around the world share a favorite poem and talk about why they love it. World OutGames IV is a 10-day event across the intersections of "Sport, Culture and Human Rights."