Poetry off the Shelf: B.H. Fairchild and Peggy Shumaker
Thursday, May 8th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
A reading and reception commemorates the 20th anniversary of Red Hen Press. Award-winning poet B.H. Fairchild explores the empty landscapes of small towns in Texas and Kansas, where he grew up. In 2014, W.W. Norton will publish Fairchild’s The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate, 2010 – 2012. Toucan Nest (2013), her most recent collection, grew from an eco-arts writing workshop in Costa Rica. A reception will follow.
Co-sponsored by Red Hen Press
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.