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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

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

    Adrian Matejka's most recent book, Map to the Stars, navigates the tensions between race, geography, and poverty in America during the Reagan era: in the time of space shuttles and the Strategic Defense...

  5. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Thursday, April 6th – Saturday, April 8th

    Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, and spent most of her life on Chicago’s South Side, whose Bronzeville neighborhood she memorialized in her poetry. She was the first...

  6. Performance
    • Friday, April 7th, 7:00 PM

    The duo Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre extends an experimental tradition of sound and poetry at the boundaries of established categories such as literature, scenic arts, and music. Their new...

  7. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 PM

    Celebrate the publication of The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks with editors Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith, recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, along with...

  8. Conversation
    • Friday, April 14th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In April, we read and discuss The Selected Levis by Larry Levis. Space is limited to 15...

  9. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, April 15th, 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, April 15th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop moderated led by Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. April is dedicated to erasure poetry, a method of poetic composition...

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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

    • Thursday, March 30, 4:00PM
      James Madison Building Mumford Room, Washington, D.C.

      Suzanne Buffam, Liz Howard, and David O’Meara

      Canadian poets Buffam, Howard, and O’Meara read and discuss their work with Monty Reid, director of VERSeFest, for this event co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Canada.

    • Friday, March 31, 3:30PM
      Aquinas Hall, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

      Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

      In honor of National Poetry Month, Pittsburgh's Madwomen Reading Series and Carlow University present a reading and discussion with performer, editor, literary activist, and American Book Award-winning writer Hedge Coke.

    • Saturday, April 1, 1:00PM
      Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA

      Poetry in the Garden

      This family-friendly National Poetry Month event at Green Spring Gardens invites the community to walk the gardens and learn about plants that have inspired poets.