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Celebrate the Poetry Foundation’s new public building in Chicago at our Open House

Saturday, June 25th, 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 26th, 10:00 AM

61 W. Superior Street
(Dearborn & Superior)
All events are free and open to the public

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Doors open both days at 10am for hours of poetry readings, panel discussions, a Poetry Out Loud showcase, building tours, book signings, and much more.

UPDATE: All readings and events are now at capacity, but you can still add your name to individual events’ waiting lists. No ticket is necessary to visit the building or attend book signings. We hope to see you there!

 

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 Saturday, June 25

  • 10:00AM–11:00AM
    Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, and J. Patrick Lewis  | A Children's Poetry Reading
    Wait List 
  • 11:00AM–12:00PM
    Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, and J. Patrick Lewis | A Book Signing
    No tickets required
  • 12:00PM–1:00PM
    John Ronan | A Talk by the Architect
    Wait List 
  • 1:30PM–3:00PM
    Atsuro Riley and Ange Mlinko | A Reading and Conversation with Poetry Magazine Editors Christian Wiman and Don Share
    Wait List 
  • 3:00PM–4:00PM
    Atsuro Riley and Ange Mlinko | A Book Signing
    No tickets required
  • 3:30PM–4:30PM
    Elizabeth Alexander | A Reading
    Wait List 
  • 4:30PM–5:30PM
    Elizabeth Alexander | A Book Signing
    No tickets required
  • 6:00PM–7:00PM
    Robert Hass | A Book Signing
    No tickets required


Sunday, June 26

  • 10:00AM–11:30AM 
    Poetry Out Loud | The Champs Recite
    Wait List

  • 12:00PM–1:30PM 
    Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Hass, Edward Hirsch, and Kay Ryan | In Conversation with Jeffrey Brown of the PBS NewsHour
    Wait List Full

  • 2:00PM–3:00PM   
    Sandra Cisneros | A Reading
    Wait List 
  • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM
    Sandra Cisneros | A Book Signing
    No tickets required
  • 3:30PM–4:30PM 
    Edward Hirsch | A Reading
    Wait List 
  • 4:30PM–5:30PM
    Edward Hirsch | A Book Signing
    No tickets required
  • 6:00PM–7:00PM
    Kay Ryan | A Book Signing
    No tickets required
  • 7:30PM–8:30PM
    Billy Collins | A Book Signing
    No tickets required

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    A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Ellis, Clay Hickson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Krista Franklin, Julia Goodman, Jenny Kendler, Kate McQuillen, Jessie Mott, Julie Murphy, Diana Sudyka, and Shoshanna Weinberger.