Illinois

On December 11, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named Kevin Stein the state’s fourth poet laureate, following Howard Austin, Carl Sandburg, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Stein has published eight poetry collections and chapbooks, three scholarly books, and two poetry anthologies.

upcoming events

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Dec 07 2017
Festival of Poets Theater
Sector 2337, in association with Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions, is pleased to present The Third Annual Festival of Poets Theater, curated by Devin King and Patrick Durgin. Two nights of live performances and exhibitions. One afternoon of online, virtual poets theater. Free and open to the public. ADA accessible performance space. 2337 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
 
Friday, December 8th, Sector 2337, 7-9pm
 
Performances by
 
Sherae Rimpsey and Josh Hoglund + Corina Copp
 
Exhibit by
 
Matthew Sage and Jen Hill
 
Saturday, December 9th, 7-10pm
 
Performances by
 
Max Guy and Dao Nguyen
 
Exhibit by
 
Matthew Sage and Jen Hill
 
Sunday, December 10th, All Day, beginning at Noon
 
Streaming Media and Performances by
 
Steve Benson + Suzanne Stein, Douglas Kearney, Annie Dorson, Antonin Artaud and
 
a radio play by Alain Jugnon, translated by Nathanaël, directed by Patrick Durgin, produced by Mark Booth, and voiced by Booth, Durgin, Caroline McCraw, Joel Craig, Devin King, Jeremy Biles and Fulla Abdul-Jabbar
 
Full schedule and artist bios at festivalofpoetstheater.com
8:00pm
2337 N. Milwaukee Avenue
60647 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

poem
"Give me some light!" cries Hamlet's
uncle midway through the murder
of Gonzago. "Light! Light!" cry scattering
courtesans. Here, as in Denmark,
it's dark at four, and even the moon
shines with only half a heart.

The ornaments go down into the box:
the silver spaniel, My Darling
on its collar, from
poem
(In Springfield, Illinois)
 
It is portentous, and a thing of state   
That here at midnight, in our little town   
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,   
Near the old court-house pacing up and down,   
   
Or by his homestead, or in shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,   
Or
poem

     To the Williamson Brothers

High noon. White sun flashes on the Michigan Avenue asphalt. Drum of hoofs and whirr of motors. Women trapsing along in flimsy clothes catching play of sun-fire to their skin and eyes.

Inside the playhouse are movies from under the sea. From the heat of pavements