Poetry Off the Shelf: Seeing Things
Tuesday, April 5th, 6:00 PM
Art Institute of Chicago
230 South Columbus Drive (after-hours entrance)
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Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. Her four volumes of poetry are Abacus (Wesleyan, 1986), The Devil’s Tour (New Directions, 1993), Viper Rum (Penguin, 1998), and Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, 2006). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers Award, and her work is regularly included in the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Poetry anthologies. The Liars’ Club established her as a bravely frank, wickedly funny, and incisively poetic chronicler of her own rough upbringing. The book drew universal acclaim from sources as diverse as The Nation, Vogue, and USA Today, as did its successor, Cherry. Her latest memoir, Lit, was an immediate best seller and was widely hailed as one of the best books of 2009. Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University and was the weekly poetry editor for the Washington Post Book World’s “Poet’s Choice” column.
Co-sponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago
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.