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Words or Music? Renee Fleming & Mark Strand
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CHICAGO — Join the Poetry Foundation on October 7 at 7 pm as superstar soprano Renée Fleming and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand, two of the greatest living practitioners of their respective art forms, contemplate the central theme of Strauss's final opera, Capriccio: which is more expressive, music or poetry? This event takes place at the Poetry Foundation building located at 61 W. Superior Street.

This special event is presented in collaboration with Lyric Unlimited, inspired by Lyric Opera of Chicago's upcoming production of Capriccio ( performances October 6-28 ).

Seating is first come, first served. The Poetry Foundation will be giving away a limited number of guaranteed seats for this event!Find us on Twitter @PoetryFound for your chance to win beginning September 22. #LyricPoetryTix

This program made possible by the generous support of Richard and Susan Kiphart. Co-sponsored with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Join the Poetry Foundation for more of our upcoming October Events:

Poetry off the Shelf

Ko Un

Thursday, October 2, 6 pm

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Harold Washington Library Center

400 South State Street

Doors open at 5 pm

The Korean poet and activist makes a rare Chicago appearance. A former Buddhist monk and political prisoner, Ko Un has published more than 150 books and his work has been translated into dozens of languages. The recipient of many honors at home and abroad, he has twice won the South Korean Literature Prize and received the Griffin Trust's Lifetime Recognition Award.

Co-sponsored with the Chicago Public Library, Sejong Cultural Society, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry

Timothy Donnelly

Wednesday, October 8, 7 pm

Timothy Donnelly speaks as part of the fall Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The series seeks to provide leading poets with the opportunity to explore in depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. Timothy Donnelly is the author of two books of poetry, Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit and The Cloud Corporation.

Co-sponsored with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Harriet Reading Series

Lucy Ives

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 pm

Poet and novelist Lucy Ives's talk centers on the subject of "disingenuity," or literary falsehood, and the roles of minor exaggeration, preening, bragging, white lies, swagger, and myth in the construction of the figure of the contemporary author.

Poetry off the Shelf

MAKE Exchange with Mexican Authors and Visual Artists

Wednesday, October 15, 7 pm

As part of its four-day festival in Chicago and Mexico City, MAKE Literary Productions hosts a multimedia evening with poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky, poet and critic Luis Felipe Fabre, and painter and poet Valerie Mejer Caso. The program will be in Spanish and English with some translations moving from one medium to another, as well as from one language to another.

Co-sponsored with MAKE Literary Productions

Poetry Day

Carolyn Forché & Jamaal May

Thursday, October 16, 6 pm

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Harold Washington Library Center

400 South State Street

Doors Open at 5 pm

Join poets from two generations for the 60th annual Poetry Day. Carolyn Forché's famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as "itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice." Jamaal May's first book, Hum, won the 2013 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

Inaugurated by Robert Frost in 1955, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished poetry reading series in the country.

Co-sponsored with the Chicago Public Library

Open House Chicago

Saturday and Sunday, October 18 — 19, 10 am — 5 pm

Reception: Saturday, October 18, 4pm

The Poetry Foundation celebrates Open House Chicago with an audio installation created by Silvain Gire and Samuel Hirsch from ARTE Radio: "C'est la Ville!: Urban Voices from Paris and Chicago." The audio exhibit will also be presented at La Maison de la Poésie in Paris.

The Poetry Foundation and the Consulat Général de France will co-host a reception on Saturday, October 18th from 4pm to 6pm, featuring informal remarks by architect John Ronan, along with writer and co-founder of ARTE Radio Silvain Gire.

Co-sponsored with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and ARTE Radio.

The Open Door Readings

Columbia College's Tony Trigilio & Natalia Kennedy

School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Calvin Forbes & Valerie Wallace

Tuesday, October 21, 7 pm

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 college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.

Poetry off the Shelf

A.E. Stallings

Monday, October 27, 7 pm

A.E. Stallings studied classics in Athens, Georgia and has lived in Athens, Greece since 1999. She has published multiple books of poetry and translation and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

About the 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 literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit .

Follow the Poetry Foundation and Poetry on Facebook at or on Twitter @PoetryFound .

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