Illinois

On December 11, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named Kevin Stein the state’s fourth poet laureate, following Howard Austin, Carl Sandburg, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Stein has published eight poetry collections and chapbooks, three scholarly books, and two poetry anthologies.

upcoming events

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May 30 2019
Hands on Stanzas
Join the Chicago Poetry Center to celebrate a year of student poetry. The event, in which participants from elementary and middle school grades read original poems on stage, features teachers and students from each poet-in-residence classroom. The CPC's Hands on Stanzas program places Chicago poets/teaching artists in Chicago public school classrooms to spend a full year reading, writing, discussing, and performing poetry with students.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 23 2019
The Eloquent Poem Book Launch
From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets. Join us for the launch of this extraordinary volume. It is organized into sections according to poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and includes contributor stories about the inspiration behind each poem.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 21 2019
Open Door Series: Leila A. Wilson & Rachel Jamison Webster

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. This month’s reading features Leila A. Wilson and her student, and Rachel Jamison Webster and student Ella Lombard.

7:00pm
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

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     To the Williamson Brothers

High noon. White sun flashes on the Michigan Avenue asphalt. Drum of hoofs and whirr of motors. Women trapsing along in flimsy clothes catching play of sun-fire to their skin and eyes.

Inside the playhouse are movies from under the sea. From the heat of pavements

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(In Springfield, Illinois)
 
It is portentous, and a thing of state   
That here at midnight, in our little town   
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,   
Near the old court-house pacing up and down,   
   
Or by his homestead, or in shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,   
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(“and the people live till they have white hair”)
E. M. Price

The dry brown coughing beneath their feet,
(Only for a while, for the handyman is on his way)
These people walk their golden gardens.
We say ourselves fortunate to be driving by today.