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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Reading
    • Wednesday, November 2nd, 12:00 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. CM Burroughs is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia...

  2. Performance
    • Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM

    A reception follows the program. Pianist Stephen Alltop and soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg offer a lively and varied program of music based on outstanding poets through the ages. Enjoy compelling texts by...

  3. Reading
    • Friday, November 11th, 6:00 PM

    A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, Ross Gay’s luminous collection of poems Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude brims with love of the world. Whether he’s mixing his father’s ashes...

  4. Reading
    • Saturday, November 12th, 2:00 PM

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander’s latest book, The Light of the World (2015), is a memoir about loss, a reflection on her existential crossroads after the unexpected death of her...

  5. Workshop
    • Monday, November 14th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. In November, we examine the epistle, a poem addressed to...

  6. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, November 15th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  7. Reading
    • Tuesday, November 15th, 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...

  8. Celebration
    • Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00 PM

    Join us for Poetry magazine’s seasonal party! Celebrate the September, October, and November 2016 issues of Poetry with contributors, editors, and the poetry curious. Festivities include readings, performances, music, and...

  9. Reading
    • Thursday, November 17th, 6:30 PM

    Join us for a series of 30-minute poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Nate Marshall's first book, Wild Hundreds (2015), won the Agnes Lynch...

  10. Conversation
    • Friday, November 18th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In November, we read and discuss Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. Space is limited...

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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.

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