Favorite Poem Project: Chicago
Friday, April 11th – Friday, April 11th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Please note, this event is full and we are no longer able to accept reservations.
The national Favorite Poem Project and the Poetry Foundation have chosen the favorite poems of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and five other Chicagoans to be featured in a video initiative called Favorite Poem Project: Chicago. The series will launch on Friday, April 11 at the Poetry Foundation. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and the Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito will introduce the evening program. A reception will follow.
Favorite Poem Project: Chicago brings to our city Robert Pinsky’s national initiative as U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000). Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project celebrates poetry as a vocal art, and the local event documents the role of poetry in the lives of Chicagoans.
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.