Poetry off the Shelf: Campbell McGrath
Saturday, April 27th, 2:00 PM
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Free, first-come admission. Doors open at 1 pm.
Kingsley Tufts winner and MacArthur “Genius” Campbell McGrath will deliver the keynote reading at this year’s Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest. In eight formally inventive collections, McGrath has established himself as a gifted inheritor of Whitman’s impulse to explore the fullness of the American psyche and landscape. Wit and irony shape his work, but so, too, does the sublime, or, as he writes “the self and the soul in the darkness / chanting to the ecstatic chance of existence.” He teaches at Florida International University.
Co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library
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.