Poetry Foundation’s April 2016 Events

Poetry Foundation’s April 2016 Events

National Poetry Month Events include Young People’s Poetry Day, Poetry by Middle Eastern Refugees, Alicia Ostriker, Bob Kaufman, Chris Abani, Raúl Zurita, and more

CHICAGO – This April, National Poetry Month, the Poetry Foundation presents Young People’s Poetry Day with National Book Award winner and Young People’s Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson; Iraqi Mutual Aid Society’s annual Poetry Festival featuring multi-lingual poems in Arabic and other languages from the Middle East by refugees and immigrants; controversial Chilean poet Raúl Zurita with Jeanette Miller for our yearly Poesía en Abril series; and much more.

Our offsite events include our Pop-up Poetry Series at the Art Institute of Chicago and the annual Poetry Fest at Chicago Public Library featuring Chris Abani. Be sure to also visit the Poetry Foundation Gallery for our exhibit, Bernadette Mayer: Memory, a poetic audio-visual installation.

The following events are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Recently added events are in bold. All programs take place at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, except when otherwise noted. More information is available at poetryfoundation.org/events. Images are available upon request.

Poetry Foundation April 2016 Events

Poetry & Music
Poetry off the Shelf: Tan Lin*
Thursday, April 7, 7 pm
Enjoy an evening of poetry and music with poet, novelist, filmmaker, and new media artist Tan Lin and sonic texture trio NbN. Lin’s work is tied to cultural and media studies in a mode of literature he defines as “ambient” literature, which draws on and samples source material from popular culture and the Internet to address issues involving copyright, plagiarism, and technology. NbN (Nora Barton, Billie Howard, and Nomi Epstein) explores sonic textures through manipulation of acoustic instruments.
*This event was originally scheduled for February 24, 2016, but was cancelled due to weather.

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Young People’s Poetry Day
Poetry and Home: Jacqueline Woodson
Saturday, April 9, 10 am – 3 pm; Readings at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month with a delightful open house for children and teens at the Poetry Foundation Library.  This special weekend event will feature readings by Young People’s Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson, who won a 2014 National Book Award for her memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, plus refreshments and a variety of interactive activities for children and teens.

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Poetry off the Shelf
Jacqueline Woodson Reading for Adults
Saturday, April 9, 7 pm
Jacqueline Woodson has written more than 30 books, and her memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming (2014), has resonated with readers and critics alike, winning both a National Book Award and the Newbery Honor. In 2015, the Poetry Foundation named Woodson the Young People’s Poet Laureate.

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Poetry off the Shelf
Alicia Ostriker
Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm
Alicia Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry, including The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014); The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979–2011; and The Imaginary Lover (1986), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She was twice a National Book Award finalist, for The Little Space (1998) and The Crack in Everything (1996). Among Ostriker’s critical work on American poetry is the now-classic Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America (1987).

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Pop-Up Poetry
Ed Roberson
Wednesday, April 13, 12 pm
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Meet in the Modern Wing’s Griffin Court
Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ed Roberson’s honors include the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award. His work has been included in Best American Poetry. He lives in Chicago, where he has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.
Free for Art Institute of Chicago members or with museum admission. Visit poetryfoundation.org for additional listings. Cosponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago

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Chi Teen Lit Fest
Featuring Rhymefest, Nambi Kelley, and Erika L. Sanchez
Friday, April 15, 6 –10 pm and Saturday, April 16, 11 am – 4 pm
Various locations at Harold Washington Library and Columbia College Chicago
The Chi Teen Lit Fest aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts. The Fest seeks to bring together young people from across Chicago and celebrate their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art.
For a complete list of performers and programs, please visit the festival’s website.

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The Open Door Readings
Northwestern University’s Katie Harsock & University of Chicago’s Rosanna Warren
Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm
The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. April’s Open Door Reading presents Northwestern University’s Katie Hartsock and her student Megan Pan with the University of Chicago’s Rosanna Warren and her student Tim DeMay.

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Poetry Foundation Gallery
Bernadette Mayer in Conversation with Jennifer Karmin and Stephanie Anderson
Thursday, April 21, 12 pm
Avant-garde poet, writer, and visual artist Bernadette Mayer discusses her work and recollection of Memory, a poetic audio-visual installation currently on view in the Poetry Foundation gallery, with poets Jennifer Karmin and Stephanie Anderson. A brief slide show and audio presentation precedes the afternoon’s conversation.

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Poetry & Film
Documentary Film: “and when I die, I won’t stay dead,” the Life of Bob Kaufman
Thursday, April 21, 6 pm
Beat poet Bob Kaufman (1925–1986) was founding editor of the journal Beatitude with Allen Ginsberg and others. During an eventful life, Kaufman was imprisoned, underwent electroshock therapy, suffered from drug addiction, and took a ten-year vow of silence following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Billy Woodberry, who will introduce his film, is one of the founders of the L.A. Rebellion film movement and a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts.

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Iraqi Mutual Aid Society
What We Carried: Poetry by Middle Eastern Refugees
Saturday, April 23, 2 pm
The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society returns with its 4th annual Poetry Festival. Come enjoy the rich tradition of multi-lingual poems in Arabic and other languages from the Middle East by refugees and immigrants from the cradle of civilization. This year’s theme is “What We Carried,” a moving compilation about the significant objects refugees brought with them to America. English translations will be provided.
Cosponsored with the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society

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Poetry off the Shelf
Jana Harris
Monday, April 25, 7 pm
Jana Harris teaches creative writing at the University of Washington and at the Writer’s Workshop in Seattle. She is editor of the global poetry journal Switched-on Gutenberg. Her poetry publications include You Haven’t Asked About My Wedding or What I Wore: Poems of Courtship on the American Frontier (2014); Oh How Can I Keep on Singing? Voices of Pioneer Women (1993); The Dust of Everyday Life, An Epic Poem of the Northwest (1997); and We Never Speak of It: Idaho-Wyoming Poems, 1889–90 (2003).

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Pop-Up Poetry
Natalie Richardson
Wednesday, April 27, 12 pm
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Meet in the Modern Wing’s Griffin Court
Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Natalie Richardson is a winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Award and an alumna of the inaugural class of National Student Poets. Natalie is the editor-in-chief of Blacklight Magazine, a university publication that publishes art and writing from minority and traditionally marginalized students.
Free for Art Institute of Chicago members or with museum admission. Visit poetryfoundation.org for additional listings. Cosponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago

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Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry
Rachel Zucker
Thursday, April 28, 7 pm
Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, The Pedestrians (2014), a double collection of poetry and prose and a memoir, MOTHERs (2014). Zucker’s 2009 collection, Museum of Accidents, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Zucker was a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons and teaches at New York University.

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Poetry Fest
Chris Abani
Saturday, April 30, 2 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 South State Street
Doors open at 1 pm
Born and raised in Nigeria, Chris Abani is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University and is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and shared political responsibility. His several poetry collections include Feed Me the Sun: Collected Long Poems (2010), Hands Washing Water (2006), and Kalakuta Republic (2000). He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, a Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors.
Cosponsored with the Chicago Public Library

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Poesía en Abril
Raúl Zurita & Jeanette Miller
Saturday April 30, 7 pm
Raúl Zurita is one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial poets. After Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup, Zurita sought to register the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean people with a trilogy of books (Purgatory, Anteparadise,and The New Life), large-scale poetic acts including poems bulldozed into the Chilean desert, and the art collective Colectivo de Accion de Arte.
Dominican poet, essayist, educator, and art critic Jeannette Miller’s poetry appears in Contemporary Women Authors of Latin AmericaVoces femeninas del mundo hispánico, by Ramiro Lagos; and Dos siglos de literatura dominicana, by Alcántara Almánzar, among other anthologies. Miller was awarded the Dominican National Prize for Literature in 2011.
Cosponsored with contratiempo, nfp

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In the Gallery

Exhibition
Bernadette Mayer: Memory
March 3, 2016 – April 27, 2016
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm
Extended Hours: Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 3pm
Tuesday, April 19, 4 pm – 7pm
Memory is a poetic audio-visual installation, shown now in its entirety for the first time since its original 1972 exhibition. During July 1971, Mayer took one roll of film each day, resulting in 1,116 photographs displayed in a grid. The photographs are accompanied by six hours of audio narration, created by Mayer as she remembers and circularly ruminates on the images, using them “as taking-off points for digression, filling in the spaces between.” This exhibition is made possible by collaboration with the University of Chicago and Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.

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Poetry Foundation Library
MondayFriday, 11 am – 4 pm
Extended Hours: Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 3pm
Tuesday, April 19, 4 pm – 7pm
Browse our collection of nearly 30,000 books of poetry, including 3,000 books especially for children, and listen to restored recordings of poets, like Gwendolyn Brooks and Czeslaw Milosz, reading their own work. Dating back to the 1950s, these archival recordings are available as a result of a unique partnership between the Poetry Foundation and Chicago’s WFMT-FM.

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About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit poetryfoundation.org.

About Poetry Magazine
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented— often for the first time— works by virtually every major contemporary poet.

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