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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Performance
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 10:00 AM

    Champions from Chicagoland suburban 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 2017. Last year...

  2. Reading
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 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...

  3. Reading
    • Thursday, February 23rd, 7:00 PM

    The New York Times bestselling author Brad Gooch delivers the first popular biography of Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet and Sufi mysitc revered by contemporary Western readers. The ecstatic love...

  4. Performance
    • Monday, February 27th, 7:00 PM

    Readings by Andrzej Krukowski and Janet Ulrich Brooks and a musical performance by vocalist Bethany Hamilton and pianist Rob Clearfield celebrate pianist and composer Frederic Chopin. Chopin IN the City is...

  5. Workshop
    • Tuesday, February 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 library coordinator Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In this session, we...

  6. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 1st, 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...

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00 PM

    The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. francine j. harris is the author of allegiance (2012), a finalist for...

  8. Conversation
    • Friday, March 3rd, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In March, we read and discuss play dead by francine j. harris. Space is limited to 15...

  9. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 2,500 chapbooks, and a selection of local and...

  10. Workshop
    • Saturday, March 4th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we turn to assonance, the audible repetition of vowel sounds...

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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 – Apr 21, 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

    • Wednesday, February 22, 8:00PM
      St. Mark's Church, New York, NY

      Lyn Hejinian and Jacqueline Waters

      UC Berkeley professor and Humanities Activism coalition member Hejinian (The Unfollowing) reads with Waters (One Sleeps the Other Doesn't).

    • Thursday, February 23, 8:00PM
      CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

      Michelle Dove, Colin Post, and Travis Smith

      Poet Dove (Radio Cacophony), electronic text artist Post (akhilleus), and bookseller Smith (Zodiac B) read for the 101st event in the So and So Series hosted by Chris Tonelli.

    • Friday, February 24, 8:00PM
      Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

      Three Doug Night

      The annual Three Doug Night at Beyond Baroque returns with new work by F. Douglas Brown, Douglas Kearney, and Doug Knott.