Poetry off the Shelf: Tanka Poet Nagata Kazuhiro
Friday, April 21st, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
A reception follows the program
Nagata Kazuhiro, in addition to being one of the world’s foremost molecular and cellular biologists, is also a celebrated tanka poet, who judges an annual tanka contest in Japan. Tanka is an ancient lyric form with a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable pattern that has been practiced in Japan for more than 1,300 years and in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century. Dr. Nagata reads from For Instance, Sweetheart, a forty-year love story told through exchanging tanka with his late wife, the poet Kawano Yūko. The program, which includes commentary about the tanka form, will be in English with a few tanka offered both in translation and the original Japanese.
Cosponsored with Northwestern University and presented in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Our events are first come, first served and capacity is limited. We only allow late admittance during a pre-determined program break.
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.