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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 24th, 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...

  2. Reading
    • Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 PM

    Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary (2009), Infidelities (1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (1985). The Nightlife, her new collection, will be published by...

  3. Performance
    • Saturday, May 27th, 7:00 PM

    Created by acclaimed pianist Inna Faliks, Music/Words is an interdisciplinary performance series that explores the connections between poetry and music in the form of a live recital and reading with...

  4. Workshop
    • Tuesday, May 30th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    Join us for a discussion and creative writing workshop celebrating the poetry of Audre Lorde, self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who, in both her work and life, argued that...

  5. Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 31st, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Join us for a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop in conversation with the artworks in The Earth Will Not Abide. Led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney, participants will...

  6. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 31st, 7:00 PM

    Join us in celebrating student poets ages 8 - 14 at the Hands On Stanzas All Schools Reading! Hands on Stanzas is a program of the Poetry Center of Chicago:...

    • Thursday, June 1st, 6:00 PM

    Chicago writers Kevin Coval and Mayda del Valle present an evening of poetry in response to the exhibition Robert Frank: Photos. Kevin Coval is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry...

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, June 1st, 7:00 PM

    Harmony Holiday is the author of the poetry collections Hollywood Forever (2017), Negro League Baseball (2011), which won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize, and Go Find your Father/A Famous Blues...

  8. Celebration
    • Wednesday, June 7th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other participants in underserved neighborhoods. Join Literature for All of...

  9. Opening
    • Friday, June 16th, 6:00 PM

    On the occasion of the opening of Matter in the Margins, curator and archivist Anna Chen discusses her work cataloging and arranging Gwendolyn Brooks’ papers.  A comprehensive collection measuring over two...

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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.

  • Community Events

    • Wednesday, May 24, 7:00PM
      City Lights, San Francisco, CA

      David Brazil and Julian Poirer

      Poet, scholar, and activist Brazil reads to celebrate the publication of his third book, Holy Ghost, alongside Ugly Ducking Presse cofounder Julien Poirier (Way Too West). 

    • Thursday, May 25, 7:00PM
      Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA

      Taylor Brorby

      Poet and anti-fracking speaker Brorby reads from his poetry collection Crude and the anthology Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience at Prairie Lights. 

    • Friday, May 26, 7:30PM
      Hillside Coffee and Tea, Victoria, BC

      Rhonda Ganz and Shirley Graham

      Kenyan-Canadian poet Ganz and psychologist and poet Graham (Book of Blue) read for the Planet Earth Poetry series.