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The Poetry Foundation

the Poetry Foundation

Poetry is a place in Chicago. The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in American culture. Hosting a number of free events in its award-winning building every month, the Poetry Foundation has something for poetry lovers—and anyone who’s culturally curious.

Begin 2020 with the new exhibition A.R. Ammons: Watercolors, featuring paintings by one of the most prolific poets of the 20th century; the exhibition runs through April 30 in the Poetry Foundation Gallery. Then join us for readings with incredible poets, from former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass to Chicago’s own Christina Pugh.

The Poetry Foundation Library is home to more than 30,000 volumes of poetry. Enjoy reading in this tranquil space with a view out to the tree-lined courtyard. All this plus poetry readings, writing workshops, and music, dance, and theater performances. Open to all. Learn more at poetryfoundation.org.

Winter Events


A.R. Ammons: Watercolors

Open until April 30

Poetry off the Shelf

Jane Hirshfield

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:00 PM

Poetry off the Shelf

Robert Hass

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:00 PM

Poetry Coalition

Poetry & Protest Reading

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 7:00 PM

Open Hours

61 W. Superior St.
Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Select evenings, 4–7 p.m.

March 17, April 21, May 19


Select Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

March 21, April 18, May 16

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