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Young People's Poetry Day: A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

Lead Character designer & animator Emily Gerich for “Weighing In,” a film by MPC Creative

Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission

Happy Birthday Miss Brooks! Celebrate National Poetry Month and the 100th birthday year of Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks.


  • A live reading of the legendary author’s poetry by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore.
  • A special dance performance by The Joffrey Ballet’s Community Engagement students illuminating Brooks’ work.
  • Animated poems created especially for the Poetry Foundation by Motionpoems, an independent animation studio that brings poetry to life through film.
  • A scavenger hunt, craft-making, poetry writing, and other interactive fun in collaboration with the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Please note the Poetry Foundation will be open only to youth 13 and under and their caregivers during this event.

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  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    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.