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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Wednesday, September 14th, 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, September 15th, 6:30 PM–8:30 PM

    Join us for a discussion and writing workshop in conversation with the works of Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016, led by Poetry Foundation staff member Maggie Queeney. Read...

  3. Reading
    • Thursday, September 15th, 6:30 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. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-born essayist,...

  4. Reading
    • Thursday, September 15th, 7:00 PM

    A reception follows the program. Eye on India provides a platform for cultural, artistic and educational exchange and collaboration between the US and India. The Eye on India Festival is produced...

  5. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, September 17th, 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...

  6. Workshop
    • Saturday, September 17th, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In September, Forms and Features focuses on metaphor, a comparative device that makes meaning through...

  7. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, September 20th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  8. Reading
    • Tuesday, September 20th, 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 writing program instructors...

  9. Reading
    • Wednesday, September 21st, 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. Conversation
    • Thursday, September 22nd, 7:00 PM

    A reception follows the program. Founded in 1996, Cave Canem is a national organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of black poets. Cave Canem Fellow Kristiana Rae Colón is...

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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

    • 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.

    • Sunday, August 28, 2:00PM
      Claremont Public Library, Claremont, CA

      Jose Hernandez Diaz and Patty Seyburn

      POOL coeditor Seyburn (Perfecta) and Floricanto Press editor Diaz read for the Fourth Sundays Poetry series at the Claremont Library.