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
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
(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
poem

 

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
This year’s