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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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
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
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
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Mar 29 2018
Jorie Graham

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collection of poetry, including From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Place, which won the Forward Prize in 2012, and The Dream of the United Field: Selected Poems 1974-2014, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She served as a chancellor for the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003, and has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of the Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language and Best American Poetry 1990. She is the first woman to be named the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. 

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

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poems

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The market is made of fire so nothing
Stands, or stands—even in the ideal
City of Pullman, I hear “nigga run,”
One child shouting to another in ruins,
Of ruin and so call out in paradise
To the live bloody skeleton hung softly
As summer in each other to escape
This year’s

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     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

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"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