Poetry Foundation’s February 2015 Events

The following events are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. These fall events take place at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, unless otherwise specified.  More information about our events is available at poetryfoundation.org/programs/events.


Be sure to also visit the Poetry Foundation gallery for Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant, an exhibit that comprises a selection of Winkfield’s limited-edition collaborative books, cover designs, original drawings, and paintings.

Poetry Foundation February 2015 Events


Harriet Reading Series

Performance by Jennifer Tamayo

Thursday, February 5, 6:30

The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and readings by poets whose work has appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. The series presents both established and emerging poets whose writing finds innovative approaches to the craft of poetry. Jennifer Tamayo, author of multiple books of poetry, is a Colombian-born transnational artist and activist based in New York City.


Reading and Discussion

Meena Alexander at MoCP
Thursday, February 12, 6:00 PM

Museum of Contemporary Photography

600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer Meena Alexander will read from and discuss her work. Presented in conjunction with MoCP and the Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago.


Poetry Out Loud

Chicago Regionals

Friday, February 13, 10:30 am

Champions from Chicago high schools recite classic and contemporary poems for the chance to represent Illinois at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, in April. Last year more than 365,000 students around the country competed for more than $100,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends.


Poetry & Music

Love, What Language Do You Speak?

Saturday, February 14, 5 pm

Please join an international gathering of cultural organizations for a multimedia, multilingual evening of poetry, music, film, and theater in celebration of Valentine’s Day co-presented by multiple Chicago cultural institutions.


The Open Door Readings

School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Rosellen Brown & Judith Valente / Columbia College’s Joshua Young & Harlee Logan Kelly

Tuesday, February 17, 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 writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.


Poetry on Stage

The Penelopiad

Sunday, February 22, 3 pm; Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24, 7pm

In this performance, based on Margaret Atwood’s novella The Penelopiad, Odysseus’s dutiful wife Penelope takes center stage to do some of her own story-making but must endure periodic choral interruptions and cheeky observations from her 12 maids, who were put to death upon Odysseus’s return.

Co-sponsored by the Lost Geneva Project


Poetry & Music

A Special Edition of Children’s Poemtime: The Banjo Poet
Created & performed by Michael J. Miles

Wednesday, February 25, 10 am

Michael J. Miles, one of America’s greatest clawhammer banjo players, is an avid fan of poetry in performance. Join us for a joyful session of live banjo, participatory poems, rhyming games, and some do-it-yourself troubadouring. This special performance will include poems and songs by Dr. Seuss, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, Bob Dylan, and others.


Poetry & Music

From Senegal to Seeger

Created & performed by Michael J. Miles

Thursday, February 26, 7 pm

Michael J. Miles’s acclaimed one-man show features the musical and written works of Pete Seeger, Carl Sandburg, Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mark Twain, and others. Protest, passion, politics, poetry—the banjo is the voice of the people.



Poetry Foundation February 2015 Exhibition


Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant

January 6 – March 13, 2015


Trevor Winkfield has for several decades collaborated with many poets of the New York School. This exhibit comprises a selection of his limited-edition collaborative books, cover designs, original drawings, and paintings. Winkfield’s original designs for literary journal covers and for book covers and limited-edition books of poets Charles NorthBarbara GuestHarry Mathews, Peter Gizzi, and John Ashbery are displayed alongside their printed versions. Also included are several striking canvases by Winkfield, including portraits of Douglas Crase, Peter Gizzi, and John Ashbery. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.


Exhibition Hours:

Monday–Friday, 11 am – 4 pm, and during any of our evening and weekend events.

Visit www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/exhibits for more details.

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