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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Wednesday, February 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...

  2. Workshop
    • Thursday, February 9th, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

    This two-part program investigates works of konkrete poesie (concrete poetry) through exhibition tours, a concrete-making activity, and a writing workshop. It highlights works by artists and writers in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland...

  3. Conversation
    • Friday, February 10th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In February, we read and discuss Extracting the Stone of Madness by Alejandra Pizarnik. Space is...

  4. Reading
    • Monday, February 13th, 7:00 PM

    Angel Nafis, author of BlackGirl Mansion (2012), is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is a recipient of the Millay Colony residency and a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, February 15th, 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...

  6. Workshop
    • Thursday, February 16th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    This two-part program investigates works of konkrete poesie (concrete poetry) through exhibition tours, a concrete-making activity, and a writing workshop. It highlights works by artists and writers in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland...

  7. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, February 21st, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public prior to our February Open Door Readings. Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 2,500 chapbooks, and a current selection...

  8. Reading
    • Tuesday, February 21st, 7:00 PM

    The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland college and graduate...

  9. Reading
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 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. Reading
    • Thursday, February 23rd, 7:00 PM

    The New York Times bestselling author Brad Gooch delivers the first popular biography of Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet and Sufi mysitc revered by contemporary Western readers. The ecstatic love...

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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

    • Wednesday, January 18, 7:00PM
      Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI

      Ed Block and Sylvia Cavanaugh

      Marquette University Emeritus Professor of English Block (Anno Domini) and high school teacher Cavanaugh (Staring Through My Eyes) read to celebrate the publication of their new poetry collections.

    • Thursday, January 19, 7:00PM
      University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ

      Ross Gay

      Gay (Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude) reads poetry and gives a talk for the University of Arizona Poetry Center's "Poetry & Climate Change" series, which asks, "what role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present?"

    • Friday, January 20, 7:00PM
      The Writers Place, Kansas City, MO

      Heather Derr-Smith and Jeanette Powers 

      Poet Derr-Smith (Thrust) and "poet-philosopher-roustabout" Powers read alongside essayist Dawn Downey (Stumbling Toward the Buddha) for the first Writers Place event of the new year.