Poetry is a place in Chicago.
The Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine, presents engaging, multifaceted exhibitions that bring together visual arts and the written word.
The Poetry Foundation Gallery exhibits work that is poetry, including posters, broadsides, text– or book–based works, correspondence, and personal effects, as well as works of visual poetry or art by emerging and established poets.
Inhabit poetry through archival exhibitions that locate poets in the visual and tactile material of their time. Exhibitions rotate seasonally three times a year. Check poetryfoundation.org for updates.
Free and open to all.
1/26/2021 – An update in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
The Poetry Foundation building in downtown Chicago remains closed to the public, as the Foundation continues to prioritize the safety and well-being of our communities, staff, and patrons. In lieu of in-person events, free online programs and resources, including writing workshops, book clubs, and teaching guides, are available.
For those seeking inspiration, please check out our special collections like Poetry and Racial Justice and Equality and Poems of Anxiety and Uncertainty, and resources for educators and parents teaching at home.
Image: Sam Grant, 2019