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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00 PM

    Pablo Neruda’s lost poems, originally composed on napkins, playbills, receipts, and notebooks, were recently discovered in his archive to the delight of readers and scholars. Copper Canyon Press has now...

  2. Reading
    • Wednesday, October 26th, 10:00 AM

    The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts. Sign up to receive our event newsletter in...

  3. Performance
    • Thursday, October 27th, 6:00 PM

    Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems is a new musical project from singer/composer David Nagler, a song cycle that sets Sandburg’s poetry to music in an assortment of styles. The concert will feature...

  4. Conversation
    • Sunday, October 30th, 2:30 PM

    The United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other country in the world, but the experience of doing time—and making up for lost time upon release from...

  5. Reading
    • Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00 PM

    Lawrence Joseph is the author of five books of poems, including Into It (2007) and two books of prose. His new collection So Where Are We? is forthcoming from Farrar, Strauss and...

  6. Reading
    • Wednesday, November 2nd, 12:00 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. CM Burroughs is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia...

  7. Performance
    • Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM

    A reception follows the program. Pianist Stephen Alltop and soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg offer a lively and varied program of music based on outstanding poets through the ages. Enjoy compelling texts by...

  8. Reading
    • Friday, November 11th, 6:00 PM

    A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, Ross Gay’s luminous collection of poems Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude brims with love of the world. Whether he’s mixing his father’s ashes...

  9. Reading
    • Saturday, November 12th, 2:00 PM

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander’s latest book, The Light of the World (2015), is a memoir about loss, a reflection on her existential crossroads after the unexpected death of her...

  10. Workshop
    • Monday, November 14th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. In November, we examine the epistle, a poem addressed to...

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    Sep 23, 2016 – Dec 16, 2016

    A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Ellis, Clay Hickson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Krista Franklin, Julia Goodman, Jenny Kendler, Kate McQuillen, Jessie Mott, Julie Murphy, Diana Sudyka, and Shoshanna Weinberger.

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