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Upcoming Foundation Events in Chicago

  1. Panel Discussion
    • Thursday, March 9th, 12:00 PM

    Jun Fujita's great-nephew Graham Lee discusses Fujita's life and legacy in a gallery talk with researcher and author Takako Day. The exhibition Jun Fujita: Oblivion presents photographs and ephemera from Jun Fujita (1888-1963), an English-language tanka...

    • Thursday, March 9th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    Join us for a discussion and creative writing workshop celebrating the poetry of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, prolific artist, historian, teacher, writer, activist, and co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African...

  2. Celebration
    • Friday, March 10th, 1:00 PM
    • Saturday, March 11th, 6:00 PM

    Urban Word NYC, an award-winning youth literary arts and youth development organization, created The National Youth Poet Laureate program in collaboration with local youth literary arts organizations across the country....

  3. Workshop
    • Monday, March 13th, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we explore the pantoum, a form born of Malaysian...

  4. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 15th, 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. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 15th, 7:00 PM

    Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Her first full-length collection, Cannibal (2016), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a 2016 Whiting Writers’ Award. Her...

  6. Workshop
    • Monday, March 20th, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

    All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop run by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we explore personification, the device that transforms the non-human (the...

  7. Extended Hours
    • Tuesday, March 21st, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

  8. Reading
    • Tuesday, March 21st, 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 college and graduate writing...

  9. Reading
    • Wednesday, March 22nd, 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...

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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 – Apr 21, 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.

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