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Upcoming Poetry Foundation events in Chicago and online

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  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 PM CT–8:30 PM CT

    In-person with livestream (hybrid) Please register here.

    Book cover of Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry, designed by Felicia Cedillos.
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Tuesday, February 7th, 6PM CST–8PM CST
    Wednesday, February 8th, 2PM CST–4PM CST
    Thursday, February 9th, 10AM CST–12PM CST

    All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. In this session, we focus on shape poetry in conversation with Tishani Doshi’s essay In...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 PM CST–8:00 PM CST

    Join us for the first Open Door event of the Spring Season, featuring José Olivarez, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Raych Jackson, and Vic Chávez.

    José Olivarez, a bald Mexican with a red beard is partially obscured by plants  Britteney Kapri, a black woman, stands in the sun in front of vines. Vic Chavez, a Mexican nonbinary young adult with black bangs, black roots, and wavy green hair, wears a pi
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Saturday, February 11th, 11:00AM CST–1:00PM CST

    All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop, “Reorienting the Audience through Ars Poetica,” created and led by Lisa Low.  In this session, we will explore the relationship...

    Poet Lisa Low
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Monday, February 13th, 6PM CST–8PM CST
    Tuesday, February 14th, 2PM CST–4PM CST
    Wednesday, February 15th, 10AM CST–12PM CST

    All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. In this session, we focus on alliteration, a repetition of initial consonant sounds. The group...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, February 16th, 7PM CST–8PM CST

    Join us for a virtual reading celebrating the 2022 Forms & Features Visiting Teaching Artists: Cecilia Caballero, Christiana Castillo, Antoinette Cooper, Sara Elkamel, Ernest Ògúnyẹmí, and Chessy Normile.

    Cecilia Caballero, a brown-skinned woman with wavy/curly black hair, smiles into the camera against a plain blue backdrop.  Sara Elkamel, a woman with dark brown curly hair and brown eyes, standing on a balcony against blurred buildings in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Saturday, February 18th, 2PM CST–3PM CST

    Join us for an intimate look at the painter Alex Katz’s extensive collaborations with poets, followed by a reading by Vincent Katz.

    Photo of Vincent and Alex Katz
  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30PM EST–9:30PM EST

    Join us for an in-person celebration of Season 6 of VS with our first live episode recording since 2020! Featuring Aricka Foreman and Tommye Blount.

    Aricka Foreman- Black woman against a red-brick wall, with undercut and locs to the right side, wearing plum-red lipstick and wood, square-framed glasses; wearing a thick, grey cable knit scarf and caramel brown leather coat.  Tommye Blount headshot - In
  • Workshops & Discussions
    Friday, February 24th, 12:00 PM CST–1:30 PM CST

    All are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In February, we will read and discuss Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman.  Registration is required for this event. To...

  • Readings & Lectures
    Thursday, March 2nd, 7PM CST–8PM CST

    Join us for an Open Door event featuring Ari Banias, Joss Barton, Alex Jane Cope and KOKUMO.

    y in the background. Joss Barton, a brown trans woman, holds her face as wind blows her black hair around her face against a red brick wall. She is wearing a knit gown that glints with iridescent speckles beneath a street light. She wears a chunky silver

Please Note

Guest Requirements:

Guests who wish to enter the Poetry Foundation building will be required to follow the policies outlined in our COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines.


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 11 AM - 4 PM

Thursday: 11 AM - 7 PM