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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Workshop
    • Monday, February 20th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop run by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In February, we explore tanka, an ancient Japanese mood poem often composed...

  2. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, February 21st, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public prior to our February Open Door Readings. Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 2,500 chapbooks, and a current selection...

  3. Reading
    • Tuesday, February 21st, 7:00 PM

    The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s established and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland college and graduate writing...

  4. Performance
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 10:00 AM

    Champions from Chicagoland suburban high schools recite classic and contemporary poems for the chance to represent Illinois at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, in April 2017. Last year...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 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...

  6. Reading
    • Thursday, February 23rd, 7:00 PM

    The New York Times bestselling author Brad Gooch delivers the first popular biography of Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet and Sufi mysitc revered by contemporary Western readers. The ecstatic love...

  7. Performance
    • Monday, February 27th, 7:00 PM

    Readings by Andrzej Krukowski and Janet Ulrich Brooks and a musical performance by vocalist Bethany Hamilton and pianist Rob Clearfield celebrate pianist and composer Frederic Chopin. Chopin IN the City is...

  8. Workshop
    • Tuesday, February 28th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop co-led by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In this session, we...

  9. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 1st, 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...

  10. Reading
    • Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00 PM

    The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. francine j. harris is the author of allegiance (2012), a finalist for...

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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 – Apr 21, 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.

  • Community Events

    • Monday, February 20, 7:00PM
      John C. Hodges Library, Knoxville, TN

      Ocean Vuong

      The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Writers in the Library program curated by Erin Elizabeth Smith presents a reading by 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow Vuong (Night Sky with Exit Wounds).

    • Tuesday, February 21, 7:00PM
      Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA

      Eleni Sikélianòs

      University of Denver professor Sikélianòs travels to Iowa City to read from her new book, Make Yourself Happy

    • Wednesday, February 22, 8:00PM
      St. Mark's Church, New York, NY

      Lyn Hejinian and Jacqueline Waters

      UC Berkeley professor and Humanities Activism coalition member Hejinian (The Unfollowing) reads with Waters (One Sleeps the Other Doesn't).