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Pop-Up Poetry: Francesco Levato

Wednesday, August 3rd, 12:00 PM

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Meet in the Modern Wing’s Griffin Court

Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Francesco Levato is a poet, a translator of Italian poetry, and an experimental filmmaker. A former executive director of The Poetry Center of Chicago, Levato is the founder and director of the Chicago School of Poetics and currently serves as Cinépoetry Editor for Poetry International. He is the author of Marginal State (Fractal Edge Press, 2006), War Rug (Plastique Press, 2009), Endless, Beautiful, Exact (Argotist, 2011), and Elegy for Dead Languages. Variations on Want (2011).

Free for Art Institute of Chicago members or with museum admission. Visit poetryfoundation.org for additional listings.

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