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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Oct 25 2018
Celebration: Poetry Fall Party
Join us for Poetry magazine’s seasonal party! Celebrate recent issues of Poetry with contributors, editors, and the poetry curious. Festivities include readings, performances, music, and libations. Subscription specials and individual issues available.
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Sep 27 2018
Poetry Off the Shelf: AKRILICA Reading
Creativity and collaboration meet in this showcase of AKRILICA Series poets. AKRILICA, a co-publishing venture between Noemi Press and Letras Latinas, showcases innovative Latinx writing.
Carolina Ebeid is a poetry editor at the Rumpus and the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior. Her poems have appeared widely in journals such as AGNI, Gulf Coast, jubilat, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry.
Manuel Paul López’s books include These Days of Candy, The Yearning Feed, 1984, and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems; he also coedited Reclaiming Our Stories.
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian, winner of a John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters and featured as a best-of book at the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, BOMB, Literary Hub, Bustle, and Entropy.
Cosponsored with Noemi Press and Letras Latinas at the University of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies
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Sep 26 2018
Poetry off the Shelf: Grady Chambers & Henri Cole
Join us for a reading with Grady Chambers from his debut collection, North American Stadiums, selected as the winner of the inaugural Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Chambers was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Henri Cole, who judged the prize, is the author of numerous collections, including Touch: Poems, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982–2007, and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Middle Earth.
Cosponsored with Milkweed Editions.
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Chicago Morning

To Philip Guston

Under a red face, black velvet shyness
Milking an emaciated gaffer. God lies down
Here. Rattling of a shot, heard
From the first row. The president of the United States
And the Director of the FBI stand over
a dead mule. "Yes, it is nice to hear the fountain
        Hog Butcher for the World,
        Tool maker, Stacker of Wheat,
        Player with Railroads and the Nation's 
             Freight Handler;
        Stormy, husky, brawling,
        City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your
(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,