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
Feb 06 2019
The Chicago Poetry Center will host a reading at Bookends & Beginnings featuring poets Faisal Mohyuddin & Suman Chhabra from 6-7:30 PM.
The poets will read from 6-7:30 PM and books will be available for purchase. As always, our readings are free and open to the public. Curated and hosted by Natasha Mijares.
We will also be featuring student poets Felicity Hector-Bruder and Jacob Hersh from Highland Park High School.
FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), which won the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry and was a 2018 Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society. Also the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017), Faisal serves as an educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4 and teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois.
SUAMN CHHABRA is a multigenre writer. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chhabra is the author of Demons Off, a chapbook through Meekling Press. She is a Kundiman Fellow and her work has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, The Massachusetts Review, TAYO, Poemeleon, WINDOW, Hair Club, and Homonym. Chhabra teaches courses in Reading and Writing at SAIC.
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley 160201 Evanston , Illinois
Feb 14 2019
Explore the love-hate relationship between spoken-word and written poetry, which remains fraught in the literary world and often incites questions of race, class and respectability. This reading by and dialogue between page and stage poets features Pulitzer Prize-winner Tyehimba Jess and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winner Patricia Smith, aiming to both deconstruct and illuminate the multitudes within poetry and form. Cave Canem fellow Nate Marshall moderates. This event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Foundation.
Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (Triquarterly, 2017), winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize; Gotta Go, Gotta Flow (Cityfiles Press, 2015), a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), a National Book Award finalist. Additional books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006), Close to Death (Steerforth, 1998), Big Towns Big Talk (Steerforth, 2002), and Life According to Motown (Tia Chucha, 1991), among others. Patricia is a Guggenheim fellow, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best American Mystery Stories and elsewhere. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and Sierra Nevada College, as well as an instructor at the annual VONA residency.
Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, and The University of Michigan. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University. Nate’s next book FINNA is due out 2020 via One World Books an imprint of Penguin Random House.
61 W. Superior St.60654 Chicago, Illinois
200 Eastern Parkway
May 30 2019
Join the Chicago Poetry Center to celebrate a year of student poetry. The event, in which participants from elementary and middle school grades read original poems on stage, features teachers and students from each poet-in-residence classroom. The CPC's Hands on Stanzas program places Chicago poets/teaching artists in Chicago public school classrooms to spend a full year reading, writing, discussing, and performing poetry with students.
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
61 W Superior St60654 Chicago, Illinois
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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