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
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.