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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Workshops & Discussions
    • Monday, July 17th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In July, Forms & Features trains its focus on the diction...

  2. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, July 18th, 1:30 PM–3:30 PM
    • Thursday, July 20th, 1:30 PM–3:30 PM

    The Teen Summer Poetry Camp is free and open to teens of all experience levels who are interested in poetry. Participants will read, discuss, and respond to contemporary works of...

  3. Workshops & Discussions
    • Thursday, July 20th, 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. Together, we will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called...

  4. Workshops & Discussions
    • Friday, July 21st, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In June, we read and discuss Look by Solmaz Sharif. Space is limited to 15 participants....

  5. Performances
    • Tuesday, July 25th, 5:45 PM

    Rush Hour Concerts provides “great music for busy lives” in historic St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago.

  6. Workshops & Discussions
    • Thursday, July 27th, 6:30 PM–8:30 PM

    Join us for a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In celebration of Betwixt-and-Between: Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls, we will read and discuss poetry...

  7. Celebrations
    • Saturday, July 29th, 2:00 PM–9:00 PM

    Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the National Museum of Mexican Art host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community on 19th Street and Wolcott avenue in...

  8. Summer Camp
    • Tuesday, August 1st, 1:30 PM–3:30 PM
    • Thursday, August 3rd, 1:30 PM–3:30 PM

    The Junior High Summer Poetry Camp is free and open to young people of all experience levels who are interested in poetry. Participants will read, discuss, and respond to contemporary...

  9. Workshops & Discussions
    • Tuesday, August 8th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
    • Tuesday, August 15th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Join the Smart Museum and the Poetry Foundation for a two-part journey and writing workshop that explores the ancient form of Japanese haibun poetry. Part I includes a tour of Japanese landscape...

  10. Extended Hours
    • Saturday, August 12th, 11:00 AM–4:00 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...

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  • Current Exhibition
    Jun 16, 2017 – Aug 25, 2017

    This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.

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