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Apr 28 2018

Safia Elhillo and sam sax

Safia Elhillo and sam sax read their poetry at the 19th annual Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest in celebration of National Poetry Month. Elhillo, who has recieved fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Incubator, is the author of The January Children (2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, Elhillo is co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University of African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. A two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, sax is the author of Madness (2017), winner of the National Poetry Series. His second book, Bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), won the 2017 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. 

12:30pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 29 2018

The Healing Art of Haiku

Charlotte Digregorio, author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, will be giving a comprehensive presentation on the art of haiku, from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at Northfield Public Library, 1785 Orchard Lane, Nortfield, IL. It is free and open to the public.

Whatever your personal, educational, or professional background, you can be creative and learn to write and publish haiku!

Written in usually one to four lines, haiku are relevant, intriguing, and can be written on any theme. They allow you to capture your life’s moments, (happy or sad), in affirming and rewarding ways. Therapeutic in our complex and chaotic world, haiku give us peace and hope, and in reading and writing them, we exercise wisdom in heartfelt ways.

Included in the presentation/workshop are: discussion of haiku’s content/style; a brief history of the form; sample poems to review,; writing a haiku,; and publishing tips. Further, haiku journals will be awarded as prizes for the best written haiku in the workshop.

Charlotte Digregorio, author of six award-winning books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and a haiku collection, Shadows of Seasons, writes eleven poetic forms, has won forty-six poetry awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her poems have been translated into eight languages; she translates poetry books from Italian into English; and her traveling haiga show (haiku illustrated with art) is featured at libraries, hospitals, corporate centers, and restaurants, and on public transit, among several venues. Four of her reference books have been adopted as supplemental texts and are featured selections of book clubs.  She has given workshops at national writer's conferences; is a writer-in-residence at universities; teaches haiku in the public schools; judges national writers’ contests; and speaks regularly at libraries/chain bookstores. Charlotte hosted a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, and was an executive officer of the Haiku Society of America.  Currently, she is an Ambassador for The Haiku Foundation. She blogs about writing for publication and poetry, and posts The Daily Haiku from global poets at www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pomona College and The University of Chicago, respectively, and taught languages/literatures and writing at university level for decades.

 

3:02pm
Northfield Public Library
1785 Orchard Lane
60093 Northfield, Illinois
May 10 2018

Mark Doty and Rafael Campo

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, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rafael Campo teaches and practices medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The author of eight books of poetry, most recently Alternative Medicine (2013), Campo has a new and selected volume, Comfort Measures Only, which will be published by Duke University Press this year. His awards include the 2013 Hippocrates Open International Prize, one of the world's highest-value awards for a single poem, for original verse that addresses a medical theme. 

7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

poems

poem

To have been told “I love you” by you could well be, for me,
the highlight of my life, the best feeling, the best peak
on my feeling graph, in the way that the Chrysler building
might not be the tallest building in the NY sky but is
the best, the most exquisitely spired, or the way that

2
poem
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

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A poem should be motionless in time 
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as
poem
What was he doing, the great god Pan,
 Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and scattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
And breaking the golden lilies afloat
 With the dragon-fly on the river.

He tore out a reed, the great god Pan,
 From the deep cool bed of the river:
The limpid