Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito, French Consul Général Vincent Floreani, Poetry Foundation architect John Ronan, and ARTE Radio's Silvain Hirsch and Samuel Gire spoke before a presentation of Hirsch and Gire's audio installation, C’est la Ville!: Urban Voices from Paris and Chicago on Saturday at Open House Chicago
"The wetback mice need the gringo cheese."
– Daniel Borzutzky reading his piece that is a companion to the second episode of Speedy Gonzales, the Fastest Mouse in All of Mexico.
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"The Funny thing about Hum is that people didn’t seem to notice all the birds in it”
– Jamaal May, about to read “There Are Birds Here”
Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito and Craig Davis, the director of Cultural and Civic Engagement at Chicago Public Library introduced Jamaal May and Carolyn Forche at Poetry Day yesterday evening.
On reading “Sanctuary,” Forché told us: “My grandmother wants to be in every book. I can feel her standing behind me while I’m writing, carrying a rolling pin and saying “I want to be in the book!”
Jamaal May stopped by Poetry Foundation this afternoon to chat with the ghost of Poetry Magazine founder Harriet Monroe.
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Ydalmi Noriega, Manager of President’s Initiatives and Board Relations, shared her top two poems: “Sweeping the States” by Jacob Saenz and “Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther” by A.E. Stallings, who will be reading at Poetry Foundation on October 27.
Finance and Administration Associate Dylan Swisher, who leads Children’s Poemtime every Wednesday morning, rides in the back seat.
Poet and activist Ko Un came to the Poetry Foundation after his event to sign his books, see our exhibit, take a tour of the building, and check out our Emmys.
You can look at his books in our library Monday-Friday 11AM-4PM, and see the gallery exhibit and building during our library hours or during any of our evening or weekend events. If you come during Open House Chicago, you can listen to an audio installation by Silvain Gire and Samuel Hirsch of ARTE Radio while viewing our building.