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Apr 23 2019

Poetry off the Shelf: Natasha Trethewey & Charles Wright

Experience an evening of poetry with two former US poets laureate. An award-winning poet and Academy of American Poets Chancellor, Natasha Trethewey has authored five collections of poetry, including Monument and Domestic Work. Winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize, she currently serves as a board of trustees professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Pulitzer Prize–winner Charles Wright has published more than 20 books of poetry, including his latest, Oblivion Banjo: The Poems of Charles Wright. Additional honors include a National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Book Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and a Griffin International Poetry Prize.

Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 26 2019

Poesía en Abril: David Huerta & Maya Islas

Join us for Poesía en Abril, an annual multicultural, multidisciplinary festival celebrating local, national, and international poetry in Spanish. This year, poet, translator, and winner of a prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia Award David Huerta is featured. His collections include El Jardín de la luz and El correo de los Narvales, dedicated to the work of Pablo Neruda. Renowned Cuban-born poet and educator Maya Islas joins Huerta. Islas is a two-time finalist for the Letras de Oro Award, and her works in English and Spanish include Altazora Dos, Quemando Luces, Merla, and Altazora acompañando a Vicente.

Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 27 2019

ChiTeen Lit Fest Featuring Eve L. Ewing

Calling all teens: ChiTeen Lit Fest is a for-teens, by-teens gathering that provides a safe, creative space for young adults to discover and unlock their unique voices through literary arts. The Fest brings together young people from across Chicago and celebrates their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art. Eve L. Ewing joins as this year’s featured poet.
Cosponsored with ChiTeen Lit Fest, the Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, the Center for College Access and Success at Northeastern University, and After School Matters
Columbia College Chicago
1104 South Wabash Street
60605 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 27 2019

Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest: Tracy K. Smith

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Chicago Public Library with Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd US poet laureate. She has published three collections, including Wade in the Water, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize–winning Life on Mars, and the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light. Her honors include a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and a Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. She hosts the weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown.

Cosponsored with the Chicago Public Library

Harold Washington Library
400 South State Street
60605 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 29 2019

Poetry off the Shelf: Danez Smith

Join us for a reading with Danez Smith, the youngest person ever to win the Forward Prize for Best Collection (2018) for their collection Don’t Call Us Dead. Their honors also include a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, a National Book Award nomination, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In addition, Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, Voices of Our Nation (VONA), and other organizations. They are a founding member of the multi-genre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective and a cohost of the Webby-nominated Poetry Foundation podcast VS.

Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois



We stop at the dry cleaners and the grocery store   
and the gas station and the green market and   
Hurry up honey, I say, hurry,   
as she runs along two or three steps behind me   
her blue jacket unzipped and her socks rolled down.   

Where do I want her to hurry to? To her grave?   

The sea has white points that I don't know and tempo, so good
it wags good in my embrace, I corrupt sweetly—
and slight it laments the aches at the knee touched to me.
Without spite I remind you of an immense day of joy
but you forget true knowledge. If the night is a 
trueful abature I would like again to play

Maybe it was hog-killing time
     when he arrived in Lynchburg,
       Virginia, several lifetimes behind him,

the old smell of the monkey house
     at the New York Zoological Gardens
       receding, a broken memory left.

Not sure of the paths & turns
     taken, woozy in