Poetry Foundation’s July 2015 Events

The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce its July 2015 events schedule. The July lineup includes a Poetry magazine summertime poetry party, a reading from poets featured in the book Seven New Generation African Poets, an evening of music with the Mekons at the Poetry Foundation building located at 61 W. Superior Street, and three off-site events: the Spektral Quartet at St. James Cathedral and Pop-Up-Poetry with Chicago poets at the Art Institute of Chicago. All events are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. More information about our events is available at poetryfoundation.org/programs/events.

 

Be sure to also visit the Poetry Foundation gallery for Just Yell : From Within, an exhibition in which Project& artist Cheryl Pope and a group of young poets from Chicago public schools address issues of urban violence through installation, sculpture, and spoken-word.

 

Poetry Foundation July 2015 Events

Celebration

POETRY Summertime PARTY
Wednesday, July 1, 6:30 PM

 

Join us at the first of a series of quarterly launch parties celebrating the newest issues of Poetry magazine, its contributors, readers, and the poetry curious. The POETRY Summertime PARTY, celebrating Poetry magazine’s June and July/August 2015 issues, features contributors Erika L. Sánchez, Amy Newman, and Anders Nilsen; a “useless” Q & A with Poetry editors Fred Sasaki and Lindsay Garbutt; and a performance by musical guest KSRA.

 

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Reading

A Celebration of International Poetry: New Generation African Poets Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo & Warsan Shire
Thursday, July 9, 7:00 pm

 

Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, and Viola Allo, read with Warsan Shire, whose work has been recently published in the New Generation African Poets chapbook series, a publishing initiative of the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF). Co-editors Chris Abani and Kwame Dawes, along with APBF Editorial Board Member Matthew Shenoda, will discuss the project and introduce the emerging poets.

 

Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America

 

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Poetry & Music
A Quiet Night In with the Mekons: readings, writings and songs
Monday, July 13, 7:00 PM

“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll” – wrote rock critic Lester Bangs. This genre-defying collective emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, where the Mekons progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. This multimedia event at the Poetry Foundation will include readings from the band’s lyric book, discussion, acoustic renditions of songs, and more.

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Poetry & Music
Rush Hour Concert: Spektral Quartet featuring poems by Russell Edson & Mark Strand
Tuesday, July 14, 5:15 PM
St. James Cathedral
65 East Huron Street

The Spektral Quartet performs music of Arvo Pärt and David Reminick. Actor Michael Patrick Thornton will read prose poems by Mark Strand in conjunction with Arvo Pärt’s music. The chosen Reminick pieces use prose poems by Russell Edson. The concert begins at 5:45 PM; enjoy free refreshments and a pre-concert discussion at 5:15.

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Pop-Up Poetry
Hannah Gamble
Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 100
111 South Michigan Avenue

A series of short performance/talks by Chicago poets explore communal creativity and artistic collaboration, inspired by Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions. Hannah Gamble is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast (2012), selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series.

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Pop-Up Poetry
Jamila Woods
Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 100
111 South Michigan Avenue

A series of short performance/talks by Chicago poets explore communal creativity and artistic collaboration, inspired by Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions. Jamila Woods is a poet and vocalist, a member of the Dark Noise Collective, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

 

Upcoming Pop-Up Poetry Readings: Jacob Saenz on August 12 and Parneshia Jones on August 26.

 

 

Poetry Foundation June 2015 Exhibition

 

Just Yell: From Within
June 11 – August 28, 2015

 

Project& artist Cheryl Pope and a group of young poets from Chicago public schools will activate various places and spaces of the Poetry Foundation through installation, sculpture, and spoken-word.  The building will be adorned with 20 gymnasium championship banners with text composed by youth from Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Borrowing themes and tactile relics of American high school culture,Pope and the young poets address issues of violence as they plague the city of Chicago at a rapidly increasing rate.

 

Exhibition Hours:

Monday–Friday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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

 

Upcoming Exhibition Events:

Poetry as Self Defense: The physical embodiment of language

Monday, August 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Poetry Fashion Dance Music: CAN YOU HEAR ME

Thursday, August 20, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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