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Poem Present

Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season!

Since 2001, the Poem Present Reading and Lecture series has been bringing distinguished contemporary poets to The University of Chicago to read from their work as well as to speak on topics in contemporary poetry of interest to them.  This is a unique two-part format designed to meet students and scholars halfway, so to speak.  Over the years, the series has expanded to include performances and bilingual events as well. 

In 2003-2004, the Chicago Media Initiatives Group (CMIG) began capturing each season of Poem Present in both digital video and audio formats for archiving in the University Library as well as for online publication. Our Archive (link) provides streaming video and audio of nearly all readings and lectures in the Poem Present series.

Poem Present is grateful to the following University of Chicago sponsors for their ongoing support: The Humanities Division, The Department of English Language and Literature, The Office of the Provost, and The College.

Current Schedule

We will post the current year's schedule soon. For the time being, you can find upcoming Poem Present events by consulting the Poetics calendar.

Media Archive

You can find our past events going back to 2004 in our media archive, hosted by UChicago News.

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To receive notifications regarding the Poem Present series and other Creative Writing events, please sign-up for our mailing list by following the link below. Thank you!

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Contact Us

The Committee on Creative Writing
Taft House
935 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Interim Committee Coordinator
Anne Janusch
Taft House 103
(773) 834-8524