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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Conversation
    • Friday, April 14th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In April, we read and discuss The Selected Levis by Larry Levis. Space is limited to 15...

  2. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, April 15th, 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...

  3. Workshop
    • Saturday, April 15th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop moderated led by Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. April is dedicated to erasure poetry, a method of poetic composition...

  4. Workshop
    • Monday, April 17th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop run by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In April, we focus on the epistle, a poem addressed to a...

  5. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, April 18th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  6. Reading
    • Tuesday, April 18th, 7:00 PM

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

  7. Reading
    • Thursday, April 20th, 7:00 PM

    Poet, editor, and professor Reginald Gibbons is the author of numerous collections of poetry. His book, How Poems Think (2015), examines the temperaments of both poet and language. Sparrow: New and...

  8. Celebration
    • Friday, April 21st – Saturday, April 22nd

    The ChiTeen Lit Fest aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts. The Fest seeks to bring...

  9. Reading
    • Friday, April 21st, 7:00 PM

    Nagata Kazuhiro, in addition to being one of the world’s foremost molecular and cellular biologists, is also a celebrated tanka poet, who judges an annual tanka contest in Japan. Tanka...

  10. Reading
    • Saturday, April 22nd, 2:00 PM

    The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society returns again with its 5th annual Poetry Festival. Come enjoy the rich tradition of multilingual poems in Arabic and other languages from the Middle East by refugees and immigrants from the...

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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

    • Sunday, March 26, 4:00PM
      Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

      J. Mae Barzio and Allison Benis White

      Barzio (The Cumulus Effect) reads with California Book Award finalist Benis White (Small Porcelain Head) at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, CA.

    • Monday, March 27, 8:00PM
      Blacksmith House, Cambridge, MA

      Lloyd Schwartz and Kate Rushin

      Poet and NPR Fresh Air commentator Schwartz reads from his new collection, Little Kisses, alongside Kate Rushin (Watch Night) for the 44-year-old Blacksmith House Poetry Series.

    • 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).