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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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.
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 27 2018
Words That Matter: A Literary Salon featuring Aaron Coleman & Parneshia Jones
Join Aaron Coleman and Parneshia Jones for an evening of poetry at the historic Colvin House in Chicago, Illinois, on September 27, 2018, 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Creative Coworking and Literature for All of Us.
Aaron Coleman is a poet and beloved former Literature for All of Us book group leader. Aaron will be reading from his book Threat Come Close, in which he explores his identity as a young black man. Aaron is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka, and his first full-length collection, Threat Come Close. He is the winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translator Association’s 2017 Jansen Memorial Fellow. With a donation of $30 or more you can reserve a copy of Threat Come Close. Aaron will be available to sign your copy at the event!
Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award. Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex and one of “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” by Newcity Magazine, her work has been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney; and featured on PBS Newshour, the Academy of American Poets, and espnW.
Colvin House is conveniently located 2 blocks east of the Thorndale el stop (red line).
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5940 North Sheridan Road
60660 Chicago, Illinois
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
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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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

(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,   
				       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