Harriet Reading Series: Joanne Kyger
Friday, September 14th, 6:30 PM
61 West Superior Street
A central influence among the Beats, and later the New York School and Language poets, Joanne Kyger has authored more than 20 books of poetry and prose, including As Ever: Selected Poems, Strange Big Moon: The Japan and India Journals, 1960–1964, and, most recently, About Now: Collected Poems, for which she was awarded the 2008 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award for Poetry. A reception will follow.
Doors open 30 minutes before program start time; program will last approximately one hour.
This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.