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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Workshop
    • Tuesday, March 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 staff member Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In March, we...

  2. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 29th, 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, March 29th, 7:00 PM

    “Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration” is the inaugural theme of the Poetry Coalition, a collective of twenty organizations around the country, who will present programs on the...

  4. Reading
    • Thursday, March 30th, 7:00 PM

    The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. Eric Amling is a poet, designer, and visual artist living in...

  5. Celebration
    • Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

    Happy Birthday Miss Brooks! Celebrate National Poetry Month and the 100th birthday year of Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Featuring: A live reading of the legendary author’s poetry by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore. A special...

  6. Screening
    • Monday, April 3rd, 7:30 PM

    Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her...

  7. Reading
    • Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00 PM

    Adrian Matejka's most recent book, Map to the Stars, navigates the tensions between race, geography, and poverty in America during the Reagan era: in the time of space shuttles and the Strategic Defense...

  8. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Thursday, April 6th – Saturday, April 8th

    Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, and spent most of her life on Chicago’s South Side, whose Bronzeville neighborhood she memorialized in her poetry. She was the first...

  9. Performance
    • Friday, April 7th, 7:00 PM

    The duo Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre extends an experimental tradition of sound and poetry at the boundaries of established categories such as literature, scenic arts, and music. Their new...

  10. Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
    • Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 PM

    Celebrate the publication of The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks with editors Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith, recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, along with...

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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

    • Tuesday, March 28, 5:30PM
      Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS

      Patricia Lockwood

      The Writing Now/Reading Now series, co-sponsored by the Wichita State University Department of English, the Ulrich Museum of Art, and Watermark Books and Cafe, presents a reading by Lockwood (Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals). 

    • Wednesday, March 29, 6:00PM
      University of Pennsylvania Arts Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

      The Golden Shovel Anthology Reading

      This reading featuring The Golden Shovel editors Patricia Smith and Peter Kahn celebrates the publication of the anthology, which showcases a new poetic form invented by Terrance Hayes, "the golden shovel," that borrows from the work of Gwendolyn Brooks.

    • Thursday, March 30, 4:00PM
      James Madison Building Mumford Room, Washington, D.C.

      Suzanne Buffam, Liz Howard, and David O’Meara

      Canadian poets Buffam, Howard, and O’Meara read and discuss their work with Monty Reid, director of VERSeFest, for this event co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Canada.