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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Block Party
    • Saturday, July 30th, 2:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community at the site of the historic Wabash YMCA...

  2. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, August 2nd, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
    • Thursday, August 4th, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM

    Teen Summer Poetry Camps are free and open to poetry-loving preteens and teens of all experience levels. This is a special opportunity to read, write, and discuss original poems that vary...

  3. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 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. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 3rd, 12:00 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Francesco Levato is a poet, a...

  5. Conversation
    • Friday, August 5th, 12:00 PM

    Neha Vedpathak speaks with poet Srikanth Reddy about the ritual and materials of her plucked paper works; fashioning stones from sand, pigment, sap, and solar energy; and her virtual dialog...

  6. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, August 6th, 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 25,000 chapbooks and a selection of local and national...

  7. Workshop
    • Saturday, August 6th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In August, Forms and Features explores tanka, an ancient Japanese mood poem often composed in...

  8. Performance
    • Tuesday, August 9th, 5:15 PM

    Rush Hour Concerts has delighted audiences since 2000 with its innovative Summer Concert Series at historic St. James Cathedral. Each Tuesday evening from June through August, listeners of all ages...

  9. Conversation
    • Thursday, August 11th, 7:00 PM

    Ode to the City is a grassroots community arts project bringing free art workshops to Chicago’s South Side this summer. The project's showcase ;at the Poetry Foundation will feature a...

  10. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 17th, 12:00 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. David Welch has published poems in...

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