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Fifth Wednesday Journal: Illinois Poets Past and Present*

Poetry Foundation

Friday, March 2, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

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Contemporary poets read their original poetry as well as poetry by a famed Illinois poet of the past. Christina Pugh, an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago; will read poems by Gwendolyn Brooks. Pugh’s second book of poems is Restoration (2008). Susan Hahn reads the work of Archibald MacLeish. Hahn has published several poetry collections, including Incontinence (1993), Holiday (2001), and The Scarlet Ibis (2007), which was also performed as a verse play in 2007 and reprised in 2008. Her first play, Golf, premiered in Chicago in 2005. Laurence Lieberman reads the work of G. E. Murray. Lieberman teaches English and creative writing at the University of Illinois and has published over a dozen collections of poetry. Ed Roberson teaches at Northwestern and recently received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for To See the Earth Before the End of the World; he will read poems by Carolyn Rodgers. Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will read Carl Sandburg’s poetry. Stein is professor of English at Bradley University. A reception, featuring refreshments and live music, will follow the reading.

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Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit

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