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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Conversation
    • Friday, March 3rd, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In March, we read and discuss play dead by francine j. harris. Space is limited to 15...

  6. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, March 4th, 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 2,500 chapbooks, and a selection of local and...

  7. Workshop
    • Saturday, March 4th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we turn to assonance, the audible repetition of vowel sounds...

  8. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Sunday, March 5th, 2:00 PM

    Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley and director Chay Yew present the world premiere of A Wonder in My Soul. Longtime hair salon owners Bell and Birdie grapple with the...

  9. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 8th, 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. Panel Discussion
    • Thursday, March 9th, 12:00 PM

    Jun Fujita's great-nephew Graham Lee discusses Fujita's life and legacy in a gallery talk with researcher and author Takako Day. The exhibition Jun Fujita: Oblivion presents photographs and ephemera from Jun Fujita (1888-1963), an English-language tanka...

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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

    • Friday, February 24, 8:00PM
      Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

      Three Doug Night

      The annual Three Doug Night at Beyond Baroque returns with new work by F. Douglas Brown, Douglas Kearney, and Doug Knott.

    • Saturday, February 25, 6:00PM
      Old Racine Arts Council, Racine, WI

      Kenzie Allen, Gint Aras, and Koku Gonza

      Oneida tribe member and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD student Allen reads alongside novelist Aras (The Fugue) and musician Gonza for the BONK! performance series.

    • Sunday, February 26, 6:00PM
      Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY

      Morgan Parker and sam sax

      The Page Meets Stage series, in which a "page" poet alternates poems with a "stage" poet, returns to the Bowery Poetry Club with Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé) and sax (Madness).