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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Apr 29 2018
The Healing Art of Haiku

Charlotte Digregorio, author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, will be giving a comprehensive presentation on the art of haiku, from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at Northfield Public Library, 1785 Orchard Lane, Nortfield, IL. It is free and open to the public.

Whatever your personal, educational, or professional background, you can be creative and learn to write and publish haiku!

Written in usually one to four lines, haiku are relevant, intriguing, and can be written on any theme. They allow you to capture your life’s moments, (happy or sad), in affirming and rewarding ways. Therapeutic in our complex and chaotic world, haiku give us peace and hope, and in reading and writing them, we exercise wisdom in heartfelt ways.

Included in the presentation/workshop are: discussion of haiku’s content/style; a brief history of the form; sample poems to review,; writing a haiku,; and publishing tips. Further, haiku journals will be awarded as prizes for the best written haiku in the workshop.

Charlotte Digregorio, author of six award-winning books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and a haiku collection, Shadows of Seasons, writes eleven poetic forms, has won forty-six poetry awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her poems have been translated into eight languages; she translates poetry books from Italian into English; and her traveling haiga show (haiku illustrated with art) is featured at libraries, hospitals, corporate centers, and restaurants, and on public transit, among several venues. Four of her reference books have been adopted as supplemental texts and are featured selections of book clubs.  She has given workshops at national writer's conferences; is a writer-in-residence at universities; teaches haiku in the public schools; judges national writers’ contests; and speaks regularly at libraries/chain bookstores. Charlotte hosted a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, and was an executive officer of the Haiku Society of America.  Currently, she is an Ambassador for The Haiku Foundation. She blogs about writing for publication and poetry, and posts The Daily Haiku from global poets at www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pomona College and The University of Chicago, respectively, and taught languages/literatures and writing at university level for decades.

 

3:02pm
1785 Orchard Lane
60093 Northfield, Illinois
Apr 19 2018
Six Points Reading Series ft. Rimpsey, Smith, Holloway
For National Poetry Month, The Poetry Center of Chicago is highlighting poets that work across media. For this Six Points reading, we are showcasing poets that use film as a way to speak to language and image.
 
Please join us for a screening/performance/conversation with these multidisciplinary artists. 
 
Sherae Rimpsey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has exhibited her work in the U.S and internationally, most notably at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland; the Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland and National Library of Buenos Aires, Argentina as a contributing artist in Luis Camnitzer’s El Ultimo Libro - The Last Book project; and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany where she was awarded the prestigious Solitude Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Philadelphia Foundation Grant, as a Flaherty Fellow and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Residency. She has a BFA in Technology & Integrated Media with an emphasis in Visual Culture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
Jazzy Smith is an adjective - doing her best to listen deeply. From the Nevada desert, blown around, right now in Chicago. She writes, films, and enjoys cinnamon rolls when she can't tell any more stories. Most likely thinking about you. 
 
Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a Chicago-based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (New York, NY), Sorbus Galleria (Helsinki, Fi), on NTS Radio (London, UK) and was one of the 2017 residents at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA.)
 
7:30pm
1740 W 18th St
60608 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 28 2018
Safia Elhillo and sam sax

Safia Elhillo and sam sax read their poetry at the 19th annual Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest in celebration of National Poetry Month. Elhillo, who has recieved fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Incubator, is the author of The January Children (2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, Elhillo is co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University of African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. A two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, sax is the author of Madness (2017), winner of the National Poetry Series. His second book, Bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), won the 2017 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. 

12:30pm
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

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
poem
        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
poem

(“and the people live till they have white hair”)
E. M. Price

The dry brown coughing beneath their feet,
(Only for a while, for the handyman is on his way)
These people walk their golden gardens.
We say ourselves fortunate to be driving by today.