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.

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Dec 11 2018
Poetry Off the Shelf: Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell is the author of eight books of poetry, including Things As It Is and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, which won a Kingsley Tufts Award from Claremont Graduate University and a Balcones Poetry Prize.

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7:00pm
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Nov 30 2018
Poetry off the Shelf: Ishion Hutchinson
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among others.
 
Cosponsored with the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.
 
 
7:00pm
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Nov 29 2018
Erika Meitner, Chen Chen & Geffrey Davis Telling Our Stories: BOA Poets Engaging The World
Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner, Copia, and Holy Moly Carry Me. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Oxford American, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.
 
Chen Chen’s debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, won an A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His work has been published in Poetry, Gulf Coast, the Indiana Review, Best of the Net, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.
 
Geffrey Davis’s debut collection of poems, Revising the Storm, won an A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Named a finalist for the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Davis has received an Anne Halley Poetry Prize, a Dogwood First Prize in Poetry, a Wabash Prize for Poetry, a Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Penn State Humanities Institute.
 
Cosponsored with BOA Editions
 
 
7:00pm
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

poem

(“and the people live till they have white hair”)
E. M. Price

The dry brown coughing beneath their feet,
(Only for a while, for the handyman is on his way)
These people walk their golden gardens.
We say ourselves fortunate to be driving by today.

poem
				       for Ted Berrigan & Alice Notley

the bridges of Chicago
are not the bridges of Paris
or the bridges of Amsterdam
except they are a definition
almost no one bothers to define
like life full of surprises
in what now looks to be the oldest
modern American city
o apparition of the movie version
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