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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Feb 20 2018
The Open Door Readings: Tara Betts & Rachel Galvin
The Open Door Reading series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each monthly hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. February's Open Door Reading presents Chicago State University's Tara Betts and her student Jermaine Reed, along with the University of Chicago's Rachel Galvin, and her student Anna Wood.
 
The Library & Gallery are open to the public until 7:00 PM.
 
 
 
7:00pm to 8:00pm
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 22 2018
Six Points Reading Series ft. Lynn Xu & Jennifer Roche
Join the Six Points Reading Series for a night of poetry and projections! 
 
We welcome poets Lynn Xu and Jennifer Roche
 
Lynn Xu is the author of the poetry collection Debts & Lessons, which was the finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a chapbook called June. In 2008, her work was featured in Best American Poetry and in 2013, she was selected as a New American Poet at the Poetry Society of America. She is also an editor for Canarium Books. 
 
Jennifer Roche is a poet, writer, editor, and occasional collage artist who lives in Chicago, IL. Her work has appeared in Footnote: A Literary Journal of History; The Rain, Party & Disaster Society; Ghost Ocean; and Anthology of Chicago. Her first chapbook of poems, 20, is available from Alternating Current Press.
 
8:00pm
2337 N Milwaukee Ave
60647 Chicago, Illinois
May 10 2018
Mark Doty and Rafael Campo

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rafael Campo teaches and practices medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The author of eight books of poetry, most recently Alternative Medicine (2013), Campo has a new and selected volume, Comfort Measures Only, which will be published by Duke University Press this year. His awards include the 2013 Hippocrates Open International Prize, one of the world's highest-value awards for a single poem, for original verse that addresses a medical theme. 

7:00pm
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

poem

     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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(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,   
Or
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        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