Poetry off the Shelf: Anne Carson
Saturday, November 2nd, 11:00 AM
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Tickets are $10/general public; $5 for Chicago Humanities Festival members. On sale September 3 for members and September 17 for non-members. Visit chicagohumanities.org or call the CHF box office at 312.494.9509.
Readers have long been smitten with Anne Carson’s inventiveness. A genre-defying poet and fiction writer, her work is often informed by her training as a classicist. Mythological creatures find a place in her writings, as do the very human and treacherous beasts of love, heartache, and desire. Carson’s work includes Autobiography of Red, which reimagines the myth of Geryon and Herakles in modern times; Glass, Irony, and God, a raw, beautiful contemplation on the end of a love; Nox, an illustrated epitaph exploring her brother’s death; and this year’s, red >doc, a sequel to Autobiography of Red, returning us to the world of her mythic, red-winged monster. Join Carson for a reading and performance of her latest work.
Co-sponsored with the Chicago Humanities Festival
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.