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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Workshop
    • Monday, July 25th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. Together, we will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called...

  2. Workshop
    • Tuesday, July 26th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In July, Forms and Features focuses on rhythm, the audible pattern formed of stressed and...

  3. Reading
    • Wednesday, July 27th, 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...

  4. Block Party
    • Saturday, July 30th, 2:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community at the site of the historic Wabash YMCA...

  5. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, August 2nd, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
    • Thursday, August 4th, 1:30 PM–4:30 PM

    Teen Summer Poetry Camps are free and open to poetry-loving preteens and teens of all experience levels. This is a special opportunity to read, write, and discuss original poems that vary...

  6. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 3rd, 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...

  7. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 3rd, 12:00 PM

    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...

  8. Conversation
    • Friday, August 5th, 12:00 PM

    Neha Vedpathak speaks with poet Srikanth Reddy about the ritual and materials of her plucked paper works; fashioning stones from sand, pigment, sap, and solar energy; and her virtual dialog...

  9. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, August 6th, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 25,000 chapbooks and a selection of local and national...

  10. Workshop
    • Saturday, August 6th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In August, Forms and Features explores tanka, an ancient Japanese mood poem often composed in...

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  • Neha Vedpathak, detail, “Bhaba,” (2016)
    Current Exhibition
    Jul 11, 2016 – Sep 15, 2016

    A virtual dialogue between the artist and the poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kay Ryan, Bhaba is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that includes a large-scale paper work, an installation of handmade “stones,” and a mixed-media garland. Vedpathak’s “plucking” technique, in which she...

  • Community Events

    • Monday, July 25, 10:00AM
      Stamler Center, Sewanee, TN 

      Marilyn Nelson

      Chancellor of the Academy of American poets Nelson (My Seneca Village) gives a craft lecture as part of the Sewanee Writers Conference at The University of the South.

    • Tuesday, July 26, 6:30PM
      The Theater at the Fort, Lawrence, IN

      Shari Wagner

      Indiana Poet Laureate and Butler University professor Wagner (The Harmonist at Nightfall) reads for the Poets Laureate of Lawrence series.

    • Wednesday, July 27, 3:45PM
      Boston University's Sargent College, Boston, MA

      Gail Mazur and Robert Pinsky

      This reading marks the end of the Favorite Poem Project Summer Poetry Institute, where K-12 educators study with renowned poets including Mazur (Forbidden City) and Pinsky (Singing School).