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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Performance
    • Wednesday, March 22nd, 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00 PM

    Beau O’Reilly and his cohorts from the Curious Theater Branch present Samuel Beckett’s 1956 one-act radio play, All That Fall. The play follows Maddy Rooney as she walks to meet...

  2. Workshop
    • Thursday, March 23rd, 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop run by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we focus on the image, the sensual description evoking the...

  3. Performance
    • Friday, March 24th, 7:00 PM

    Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop premieres her new piece And All Time, for Fifth House’s full ensemble. Inspired by the premise of And All Time, Fifth House programs a concert of repertoire that...

  4. Workshop
    • Tuesday, March 28th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop co-led  by Poetry Foundation staff member Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In March, we...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 29th, 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. Sign up to receive our event newsletter in...

  6. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 29th, 7:00 PM

    “Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration” is the inaugural theme of the Poetry Coalition, a collective of twenty organizations around the country, who will present programs on the...

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, March 30th, 7:00 PM

    The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. Eric Amling is a poet, designer, and visual artist living in...

  8. Celebration
    • Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

    Happy Birthday Miss Brooks! Celebrate National Poetry Month and the 100th birthday year of Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Featuring: A live reading of the legendary author’s poetry by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore. A special...

  9. Screening
    • Monday, April 3rd, 7:30 PM

    Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her...

  10. Reading
    • Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00 PM

    Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden (2003), won the 2002 New York / New England Award. His second collection, Mixology (2009), was a winner of the National...

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  • 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

    • Thursday, March 23, 7:00PM
      City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

      SYRIA | Because We Come From Everything: The Poetics of Migration

      The Poetry Society of America and City Lights Bookstore present a poetry reading and discussion on migration featuring former San Francisco poet laureate Jack Hirschman, PEN Center USA Award-winning poet Jack Marshall, and journalist Jeanne Carstensen.

    • Friday, March 24, 7:00PM
      Honey, Minneapolis, MN

      Kelli Allen, Chris Jansen, Norman Minnick, and Katharine Rauk

      The Love Defenders present Allen (Missouri), Jansen (Georgia), Minnick (Indiana), and Rauk (Minnesota), plus Rumi and Pablo Neruda translations and music by Midnight Choir.

    • Saturday, March 25, 7:00PM
      Steinfield Warehouse Community Arts Center, Tucson, AZ

      Hoa Nguyen and Sarah Vap 

      Toronto-based poet Nguyen (Violet Energy Ingots) and Los Angeles-based poet Vap (Viability) read for the POG series at the Steinfield Warehouse Community Arts Center.