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Monday, October 26, 2015

POETRY EVENT -chicago - this WEEK


 
POETRY OFF THE SHELF

Claudia Rankine: "An American Lyric"

Saturday, October 31, 2:00 PM
Northwestern University
School of Law
Thorne Auditorium
375 East Chicago Avenue
Tickets available at chicagohumanitiesfestival.org.
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2014) is an indictment of contemporary times. Using a poetic frame, the poet uncovers an insidious racism embedded in the everyday – from the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to the lecture halls of the ivory tower. As Rankine’s observations move from bewilderment to disappointment to quiet ire, Citizen leaves readers unsettled, moved, and changed with every page.

 
POETRY ON STAGE

Claudia Rankine’sCitizen: Poetry in Performance

Saturday, October 31, 7:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art
Edlis Neeson Theater
220 East Chicago Avenue
Tickets available at chicagohumanitiesfestival.org.
As the country continues to reel from unending stories of police brutality and violence, hip-hop historian Jeff Chang(Can’t Stop Won’t Stop), jazz musician David Boykin, sound artist Christine Hume, scholar Lauren Berlant, and poetRoger Reeves, among others join Claudia Rankine for a powerful performance that reflects on race in the United States today.

 
YOUNG PEOPLE'S POET LAUREATE

Jacqueline Woodson:Brown Girl Dreaming

Sunday, November 1, 2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
77 West Washington Street
Tickets available for free at chicagohumanitiesfestival.org.
Jacqueline Woodson takes to the stage for a conversation about her life and influences. Brown Girl Dreaming (2014), Woodson’s memoir in verse, is a rich, poignant description of life as a black child in the 1960s. Her memoir has won both a National Book Award for Young People and the Newbery Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. 

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