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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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

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poems

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
"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
poem
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
With