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

date
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

recent & featured listings

type namesort ascending state
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Women & Children First Illinois
Small Press Visual Artists Collective Poetry Illinois
Small Press University of Illinois Press Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois Illinois
Small Press University of Chicago Press Illinois
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Town House Books Illinois
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Seminary Co-op Bookstore Illinois
Colony The Ragdale Foundation Illinois
Literary Organization The Poetry Center of Chicago Illinois

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.