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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Performance
    • Saturday, October 15th, 1:30
    • Sunday, October 16th, 1:30

    To celebrate Open House Chicago, an annual festival weekend that provides an opportunity for people to explore Chicago’s rich architecture, Sam Prekop will perform a modular synthesizer piece in the performance space at...

  2. Open House
    • Saturday, October 15th, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
    • Sunday, October 16th, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

    The Poetry Foundation celebrates Open House Chicago, an annual festival weekend that provides an opportunity for people to explore Chicago’s rich architecture, culture, and history by visiting featured sites and...

  3. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, October 18th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  4. Reading
    • Tuesday, October 18th, 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...

  5. Reading
    • Wednesday, October 19th, 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. Reading
    • Thursday, October 20th, 6:30 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings in the African and Indian Art of the Americas galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. Elise Paschen is the author...

  7. Conversation
    • Friday, October 21st, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In October, we read and discuss Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson. This book club is currently...

  8. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, October 22nd, 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...

  9. Workshop
    • Saturday, October 22nd, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In October, to celebrate the creatures in the “Pegasus & Mermaids” exhibition, we will explore...

  10. Reading
    • Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00 PM

    Pablo Neruda’s lost poems, originally composed on napkins, playbills, receipts, and notebooks, were recently discovered in his archive to the delight of readers and scholars. Copper Canyon Press has now...

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  • Current Exhibition
    Sep 23, 2016 – Dec 16, 2016

    A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Ellis, Clay Hickson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Krista Franklin, Julia Goodman, Jenny Kendler, Kate McQuillen, Jessie Mott, Julie Murphy, Diana Sudyka, and Shoshanna Weinberger.

  • Community Events

    • Friday, September 30, 11:00AM
      UWM Greene Hall, Milwaukee, WI

      Laura Tohe

      Navajo Nation Poet Laureate and Arizona State University professor Tohe (Sister Nations) gives a craft talk at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee for this event cosponsored by the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative.

    • Saturday, October 1, 12:00PM

      Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival 

      The Watershed festival, founded in the mid-1990s by Robert Hass while he served as U.S. Poet Laureate, features Vincent Medina on the language of the Ohlone, poet/biologist Maya Khosla, California Poets in the Schools student readings, and more events designed to raise environmental awareness.

    • Sunday, October 2, 10:00AM
      North Creek Events Center, Bothell, WA

      Anselm Berrigan, Don Mee Choi, Tracie Morris, and others

      The University of Washington Bothell presents "Fall Convergence," a series of readings, talks, and performances on the theme "Form and Formation" by poets including Berrigan, Choi, Jess, and more.