The Open Door Reading Series
Tuesday, May 20th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs on a monthly basis. Each hour-long reading features two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. The Poetry Foundation presents the Open Door series on the third Tuesday of every month, September through May.
Robert Archambeau is a poet and critic whose books include The Poet Resigns: Essays on Poetry in a Difficult World, Laureates and Heretics, and Home and Variations. His work has received recognition from the Academy of American Poets, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Swedish Academy, among others, and he is professor of English at Lake Forest College.
Steve Halle is the author of the collection Map of the Hydrogen World (Cracked Slab Books) and the chapbook Cessation Covers. Recent work can be found in Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), Smoking Blue Gun, Similar:Peaks::, and in the DIRTY : DIRTY anthology from Jaded Ibis Press. He directs the new micropress co•im•press, edits the online poetry journal Seven Corners (7C) and the chapbook press and workshop PRESS 254, as well as curating the Re:Verse reading series in Bloomington-Normal, IL. He is a codirector of the english department's publications unit at Illinois State University, which provides professional editorial, production, marketing, and distribution services for Mandorla, SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), and FC2, among other publications.
John Matthias has published fourteen books of poems, most recently Trigons (2009) and Collected Shorter Poems (2011), both from Shearsman Books. He is professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and co-editor of Notre Dame Review.
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.