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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Conversation
    • Friday, August 26th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In August, we read and discuss Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong. Space is...

  2. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 31st, 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. Reading
    • Wednesday, August 31st, 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. Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author...

  4. Reading
    • Wednesday, September 7th, 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...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, September 7th, 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. Emily Thornton Calvo (emilycalvo.com) is a...

  6. Performance
    • Wednesday, September 7th, 7:00 PM

    A reception follows the program. Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s 2016 Collaborative Works Festival explores the relationship between French poet Paul Verlaine and composer Claude Debussy. While there is no evidence of...

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, September 8th, 7:00 PM

    Join Neil Steinberg as he reads from his new book, Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery, written with Sara Bader and published this month by...

  8. Conversation
    • Friday, September 9th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In September, we read and discuss Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan. Space is limited to 15...

  9. Workshop
    • Saturday, September 10th, 11:00 AM–12:30 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...

  10. Workshop
    • Monday, September 12th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and writing workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. In September, we will explore personification, the device that...

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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

    • Thursday, August 25, 6:30PM
      Readers Bookstore Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

      Anita Cruz and John Landry

      Poet and tax preparer Cruz and poet and Newport Review editor Landry read for the Thursday at Readers Poetry Series curated by Jack Hirschman.

    • Friday, August 26, 6:00PM
      Alley Cat Books & Gallery, San Francisco, CA

      "A Home For the Homeless" Closing Reading

      The closing reception for the exhibition "A Home For the Homeless: Artists and Poets in Search of An Answer," featuring art, photography, poetry, and critiques, includes readings by Alejandro Murguía, Alessandra Bava, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and others.

    • Saturday, August 27, 6:00PM
      Eco Justice Center, Racine, WI

      Tara Betts, Philip Metres, and Mesha Arant

      University of Illinois-Chicago professor Betts (Arc & Hue) and two-time Arab American Book Award winner Metres (Pictures at an Exhibition) read new work and singer-songwriter Arant performs for the BONK! series hosted by Nick Demske.