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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Saturday, April 29th, 2:00 PM

    Join us for a culminating event of Juan Felipe Herrera’s Chicago signature project as US Poet Laureate. Herrera has worked with forty 9th-grade English teachers throughout the 2016-2017 academic year...

  2. Reading
    • Saturday, April 29th, 7:00 PM

    Poesía en Abril is an annual multicultural and multidisciplinary festival that celebrates local, national and international poetry in Spanish. We invite you to a great celebration of readings, performances, multimedia presentations,...

  3. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 3rd, 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...

  4. Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop with the works of If You Remember, I’ll Remember, a current exhibition at the Block Museum of...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM

    Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer and educator. He has read and performed his poetry at multiple major festivals and universities and is the champion of numerous slams, both...

  6. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Thursday, May 4th, 6:00 PM
    • Thursday, May 4th, 10:00 AM

    Acclaimed poets Toi Derricotte, Nikky Finney, Vievee Francis, Angela Jackson, and Patricia Smith come together as an unprecedented collective on the campus of Northwestern University to celebrate and reflect on the...

  7. Workshop
    • Monday, May 8th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In May, we focus on the simile, a comparative construction that...

  8. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 10th, 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...

  9. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM

    Janice N. Harrington is the author of the poetry collections Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home (2011), and Primitive: The Art and...

  10. Conversation
    • Friday, May 12th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In May, we read and discuss Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please...

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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

    • Saturday, April 29, 7:00PM
      Park East Hotel, Milwaukee, WI

      Mark Doty

      National Book Award winner Doty (Deep Lane) is the keynote reader at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' annual spring conference, which also features readings by current and former Wisconsin and Milwaukee poets laureate.

    • Sunday, April 30, 3:00PM
      Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken, SC

      Alice Friman and Sean Sexton

      Georgia Book Award winner Friman (The View from Saturn) reads with Sexton (Blood Writing), poet laureate of Indian River County, Florida, as part of "The Cowboy and the City Girl Southern Poetry Tour."

    • Monday, May 1, 8:00PM
      Blacksmith House, Cambridge, MA

      Remembering Poets: A Celebration of Philip Levine, Mark Strand, C.K. Williams, and C.D. Wright

      Jorie Graham, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, and others come together to honor the lives and work of four major American poets who have passed away in recent years.