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Children's Poetry Day

Saturday, April 14th – Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

Poetry Foundation 

61 West Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Free admission on a first come, first served basis 

Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week with the Poetry Foundation Library, WGBH Boston, and WTTW Chicago at a special open house just for kids, featuring appearances by PBS' Martha and Arthur! The special weekend event will include screenings of episodes of the PBS KIDS programs Martha Speaks and Arthur featuring poets Billy Collins and Jack Prelutsky, a musical performance and puppet show featuring the work of current Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis by artists Jennifer Trowbridge and Lolly Extract, and a variety of interactive crafts and activities, including a scavenger hunt. The event is best suited to children aged 13 and under. Please note that the Poetry Foundation will only be open to children and their parents or guardians during this event. 

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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.