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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Nov 08 2017
Six Points Reading Series: Jehanne Dubrow & Emily Yoon

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage and Red Army Red and is the co-editor of Still Life with Poem and The Book of Scented Things. Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Southern Review, The New England Review, Pleiades, and Copper Nickel. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas. Moving between the languages of love and war, Jehanne Dubrow’s latest book offers valuable testimony to the experiences of military wives. Frequently employing rhyme, meter, and traditional forms, these poems examine what it means to be both a military spouse and an academic, straddling two communities that speak in very different and often conflicting terms.

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes (2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize by Tupelo Press, selected by Maggie Smith. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, PEN Poetry Series, Apogee, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships for her poetry from Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest, AWP's WC&C Scholarship Competition, The Home School in Miami, the Aspen Institute, New York University, and the University of Chicago. She is the poetry editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and is a PhD student in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.

7:30pm
2523 N Kedzie Blvd
60647 Chicago, Illinois
Oct 04 2017
Six Points Reading Series: Nina Corwin & Mark Tardi

Mark Tardi is originally from Chicago and he earned his MFA from Brown University. His publications include the books The Circus of Trust, Airport music, and Euclid Shudders. He guest-edited an issue of the literary journal Aufgabe devoted to contemporary Polish poetry and poetics and has translated poetry from the Polish by Kacper Bartczak, Miron Białoszewski, Monika Mosiewicz, and Przemysław Owczarek. A former Fulbright scholar, he lives with his wife and two dogs in a village in central Poland and is on faculty at the University of Lodz. 

Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons, and Tainted Saints, and two chapbooks, Dear Future and What to Pack for the Apocalypse. Her poetry has appeared in From the Fishouse, Drunken Boat, Forklift OH, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review, Verse and numerous anthologies. Corwin, a Pushcart nominee, curates the literary series at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery. In daytime hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.

7:30pm
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
60637 Chicago , Illinois
Sep 21 2017
Poetry Workshop: Odes

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In September, we will explore the ode, a lyric poem of address, praise, and celebration of a person, place, thing, or idea. After reading a wide range of poems, participants will be guided through composing original odes. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring texts that relate to a current creative project.

6:00pm
3401 W. Foster Avenue
60625-4808 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

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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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(“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.

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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
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