Northwestern University Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Youth & Opportunity United

05/25/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Through the Voice Within Us program, the Northwestern Poetry and Poetics Colloquium works with Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United), a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. This program grants high school students the unique opportunity to interact with Northwestern undergraduates and faculty, and to explore the art of writing poetry as a vital means of creative expression, imaginative inquiry, and verbal experiment. Faculty will introduce students who will share their work.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Forms & Features at the Smart Museum of Art: Poetry, Politics, and Painting of Tang Chang, Part II

05/23/2018 - 6:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

Join the Smart Museum of Art and the Poetry Foundation for a two-part program that investigates the work of Thai painter and poet Tang Chang.

Part I features a tour of Tang Chang’s abstract paintings and poem-drawings at the Smart Museum as well as a hands-on painting workshop.

Part II is a special Forms & Features poetry workshop and discussion dedicated to visual poetry, including the “poetry drawings” of Tang Chang, at the Poetry Foundation.

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Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Alliteration

05/21/2018 - 6:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In May, we turn to alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds that reinforces or creates meaning through phonic patterning.

The group will explore alliteration in a wide variety of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing pieces employing alliteration, will conclude the session. To register, please email 
info@compoundyellow.com.

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Compound Yellow
244 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Forms & Features at Lurie Garden: Poetry & Color

05/20/2018 - 1:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney.

To celebrate spring in Lurie Garden, we will read poems composed in a wide, vivid palette, and discuss the uses of color in poetry. After spending time exploring the garden, participants will compose original poems in response to the spring flora.

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Lurie Garden, Choral Room
201 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Poetry & Music: Zafa Collective

05/31/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Performance

The Zafa Collective is a Chicago-based new music ensemble formed upon the idea that classical music should be inclusive and accessible in both programming and performance. The group presents programs with diverse aesthetics, seeking to make contemporary music accessible and appealing to the widest possible audience. Zafa is excited to present a program of works inspired by poetry and prose from throughout history, including pieces by Missy Mazzoli, Augusta Read Thomas, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, Daniel Temkin, and Tonia Ko.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Literature for All of Us Poetry Bash

05/25/2018 - 10:00am
Poetry
Reading

Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other participants in underserved neighborhoods. Join Literature for All of Us book group participants for an end of the school year celebration. Students come together to share their perspectives on the world in poetic verse. Enjoy poetry of peace, of protest, and of community.

Cosponsored with Literature for All of Us

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Poetry off the Shelf: Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology

05/24/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

A gathering of poetry at the intersection of culture, social justice, and the environment, Ghost Fishing is the first anthology to focus solely on poetry with an eco-justice bent. As a new addition to the field of nature poetry anthologies, which have historically lacked diversity, this book presents a rich terrain of contemporary environmental poetry with roots in many cultural traditions.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Hands on Stanzas

05/30/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Join us in celebrating student poets ages 8–14 at the Hands on Stanzas year-end All Schools Reading celebration. Hands on Stanzas is a residency program of the Chicago Poetry Center that hires Chicago poets as teaching artists. Under their guidance, students read and write poetry and publish their work on the Poetry Center's blogs. Poets in Residence select one student representative from each class to read an original poem at the Poetry Foundation.

Cosponsored with the Chicago Poetry Center

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Patient Zero: Richard A McKay in conversation with Steven Reigns

05/09/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Talk

Gaétan Dugas was a French-Canadian flight attendant who was widely regarded as responsible for the spread of HIV in the United States. His name and  narrative was exposed in Randy Shilts book (and later award-winning film) And The Band Played On. Dugas and the concept of an HIV Patient Zero, the term didn’t exist before the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, has been loaded with myths, mistruths, and misinformation.

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West Hollywood City Council Chambers (lower level of WEHO Library)
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Larissa Fooks
323-848-6413

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Persona

05/22/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney.

In May, we focus on persona, a dramatic, mask-like character the poet creates, assumes, and speaks through. Together, we will read and discuss a wide range of poems before composing original persona poems.

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Comfort Station
2579 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Fuller Awards Celebrating Angela Jackson

05/17/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Talk

Angela Jackson, the author of highly-praised novels, a biography, poetry, and plays, will be honored with a Fuller Award for lifetime achievement at the Poetry Foundation on May 17, from 7-9 p.m. Jackson, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, has been a consistent contributor to our literary culture since her debut poetry collection, Voodoo Love Magic, in 1974. Jackson, an early member of the Organization of Black Culture, has published six volumes of poetry, two novels, five plays, and a biography.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Poetry off the Shelf: Mark Doty & Rafael Campo

05/10/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria (1993), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Gallery Talk with Poets House

05/09/2018 - 12:00pm
Poetry
Talk

Executive Director of Poets House, Lee Briccetti, guides patrons through the 112 items on loan from New York for Bettissima: Treasures from the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Archives as well as reads from “Betty” Kray’s dazzling correspondence with poets such as Jean Valentine, June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, E.E. Cummings, and W.H. Auden. Dubbed the “Patron Saint of Poetry,” Kray was instrumental in shaping the contemporary presentation and appreciation of poetry. Refreshments will be available.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Forms & Features at the Chicago Public Library: Ecopoetry

05/17/2018 - 6:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney.

Participants will read and discuss a wide range of ecopoems, a species of nature poetry that explores the interactions and intersections between culture, social justice, and the environment. A creative workshop, where participants will compose original ecopoems, will conclude the session.

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Chicago Public Library (Albany Park)
3401 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Forms & Features at the Smart Museum of Art: Poetry, Politics, and Painting of Tang Chang, Part I

05/16/2018 - 6:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

Join the Smart Museum of Art and the 
Poetry Foundation for a two-part program that investigates the work of Thai painter and poet Tang Chang.

Part I features a tour of Tang Chang’s abstract paintings and poem-drawings at the Smart Museum as well as a hands-on painting workshop.

Part II is a special Forms & Features poetry workshop and discussion dedicated to visual poetry, including the “poetry drawings” of Tang Chang, at the Poetry Foundation.

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Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Hippocrates Prize Reading

05/11/2018 - 4:00pm
Poetry
Reading

The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine, the Hippocrates Press, annual international symposia, an international research forum for poetry and medicine, and workshops. Since its launch in 2009, the annual Hippocrates Prize has attracted thousands of entries from over 60 countries.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

The Open Door Readings: Duriel E. Harris & Valerie Wallace

05/15/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

The Open Door Reading series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each monthly hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. May's Open Door Reading presents Illinois State University's Duriel E. Harris and her student Sanam Shamiri, and Newberry Library's Valerie Wallace and her student Teresa Dzieglewicz.

The Library & Gallery are open to the public until 7:00 PM.

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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

POETPALOOZA 2018: A Tri-State Poetry Summit

04/28/2018 - 10:00am to 8:45pm
Poetry
Reading

Village Lights hosts POETPALOOZA 2018: A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday, April 27th, and Saturday, April 28th, presenting readings and signings by nationally and regionally acclaimed published poets from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including three Kentucky Poets Laureate. For our 7th Poetpalooza, we'll be welcoming old friends and new. This year’s Featured Independent Publisher is Larkspur Press, a fine letterpress print shop located in Monterey, Kentucky.

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Village Lights Bookstore
110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250

Write Wild: A Generative Retreat

05/12/2018 - 10:30am to 6:00pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Workshop

TAKE A WHOLE DAY OFF TO EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, AND (RE)GENERATE

WRITE WILD is a day-long creative writing retreat focused on generating new ideas and work. In four 90-minute sessions, each led by a different facilitator, you'll experiment outside your usual form, genre, and style, allowing you to peek around the corner of your usual creative process to discover what lies beyond. 

DETAILS
Cost: $95
Max. participants: 12
Facilitators: Patricia Coral, Tayyba Maya Kanwal, Layla Al-Bedawi, Chelsey Clammer

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The Black Labrador
4100 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Independent Bookstore Day @ Mac's Backs!

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Mac's Backs Book Club Will Discuss The Darkest Child

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Unconventional Poetry Reading

04/15/2018 - 2:00am to 4:00am
Poetry
Reading

Join me this April for my first poetry reading at Book Ends in Winchester Ma. Book Ends is an independently owned book store that has been in business for over 30 years! As one of my personal favorite book stores, I am honored to be hosting this even with them for my book "White Wine and Medical Marijuana". I self-published this book in August, and Book Ends was the first store to sell it on their shelves. I hope to see you at this monumental event!

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Book Ends Winchester
599 Main St
Winchester , MA 01890

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