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Poetry Presents: Poetry’s Centennial Celebration and The Open Door Release Party

Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission. Please RSVP at (312) 787-7070 or rsvp@poetryfoundation.org if you plan to attend. Please note that admission is first come, first served and based on capacity. Your RSVP does not guarantee admission.

To celebrate Poetry’s 100th birthday, editors Christian Wiman and Don Share have assembled a unique anthology, The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine. Contributors to the magazine’s “View from Here” section, including Pulitzer Prize–winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, Museum of Contemporary Art curator Naomi Beckwith, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ senior minister Matt Fitzgerald, among other special guests, will read favorite poems from the anthology. Patricia Barber and Larry Kohut will perform. A celebration follows.

Doors open 30 minutes before program start time; program will run approximately until 8pm and the celebration will last until approximately 10pm.

Co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Press

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