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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Workshop
    • Monday, May 15th, 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 this session, we focus on tone, a complex of attitudes...

  2. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, May 16th, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  3. Reading
    • Tuesday, May 16th, 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 writing program instructors and...

  4. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 17th, 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...

  5. Celebration
    • Wednesday, May 17th, 7:00 PM

    Join us for Poetry magazine's seasonal party! Celebrate the most recent issues of Poetry with contributors, editors, and the poetry curious. Festivities include readings, performances, music, and libations. Subscription specials and individual issues available. Featuring...

  6. Workshop
    • Thursday, May 18th, 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop run by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In May, we explore found poetry, a form that refashions non-poetic text...

  7. Reading
    • Wednesday, May 24th, 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...

  8. Reading
    • Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 PM

    Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary (2009), Infidelities (1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (1985). The Nightlife, her new collection, will be published by...

  9. Performance
    • Saturday, May 27th, 7:00 PM

    Created by acclaimed pianist Inna Faliks, Music/Words is an interdisciplinary performance series that explores the connections between poetry and music in the form of a live recital and reading with...

  10. Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 31st, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Join us for a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop in conversation with the artworks in The Earth Will Not Abide. Led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney, participants will...

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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, April 30, 3:00PM
      Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken, SC

      Alice Friman and Sean Sexton

      Georgia Book Award winner Friman (The View from Saturn) reads with Sexton (Blood Writing), poet laureate of Indian River County, Florida, as part of "The Cowboy and the City Girl Southern Poetry Tour."

    • Monday, May 1, 8:00PM
      Blacksmith House, Cambridge, MA

      Remembering Poets: A Celebration of Philip Levine, Mark Strand, C.K. Williams, and C.D. Wright

      Jorie Graham, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, and others come together to honor the lives and work of four major American poets who have passed away in recent years.

    • Friday, May 5, 8:00AM
      Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

      Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

      Harvard Medical School hosts the eighth annual symposium, which features an award ceremony for the 2017 Prize for Poetry and Medicine as well as presentations, roundtable discussions, and a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham.