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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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
(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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     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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        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