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 05 2018
World Premiere of Three World War I Poems: Commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice
Commemorate 100 years since the World War I Armistice with a first-look screening of Three World War I Poems, created in partnership by the Poetry Foundation and Manual Cinema. This animated short brings three war poems to life with innovative puppetry and animation work, each vignette sharing a different experience of “the war to end all wars” from a soldier’s point of view: John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields, Edward Thomas’s The Owl, and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est. Following the screening of Three World War I Poems, guests are welcome to have a first-hand look at the historically accurate puppets and set pieces created by Manual Cinema.


3734 West Belmont Ave
60618 Chicago, Illinois
Nov 30 2018
Poetry off the Shelf: Ishion Hutchinson
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among others.
Cosponsored with the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Nov 01 2018
Poetry off the Shelf: French Slam Connection

Experience an international evening of poetry, translation, and performance in a collaborative event between One Poetic Voice and Ligue de Slam, UPPERCUT, and the New Uptown Poetry Ensemble. Chicago’s own New Uptown Poetry Ensemble worked with the French poets of UPPERCUT to create a balanced translation that incorporates language and movement. The result is a captivating, simultaneous, dual-linguistic performance.

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61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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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,   

     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

        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