Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast

Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast
From the neighborhood library of Gwendolyn Brooks, to the Union Stock Yards, where Chicago became Carl Sandburg’s “Hog Butcher for the World,” to the birthplace of slam poetry, the Chicago Poetry Tour explores the city’s history th

South Side Community Arts Center
Oct 19, 2010
Established in 1940 by the WPA’s Federal Art Project, the South Side Community Art Center has provided a second home for the city’s African-American artists. Haki Madhubuti, founding editor of Third World Press, reads.
Hall Library
Oct 5, 2010
One of the 20th century’s most significant poets, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote about race in America, often from the perspective of her Bronzeville neighborhood.
Sep 21, 2010
Margaret Walker’s signature poem “For My People” encompasses the strengths and struggles of blacks not only in Chicago but throughout America.
DuSable Museum
Sep 7, 2010
The DuSable Museum is one of the nation’s premier institutions dedicated to the history, art, and culture of the African diaspora. Quraysh Ali Lansana reads from his collection They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems.
Aug 24, 2010
Pilsen was a diverse neighborhood in Chicago long before anybody used the word “diversity.” Stuart Dybek and Ana Castillo read poems inspired by their childhoods there.
The Green Mill
Aug 10, 2010
Marc Smith conceived the worldwide phenomenon of slam poetry at the Green Mill in the 1980s. Audience participation encouraged.
Danny’s Tavern
Jul 27, 2010
The neighborhood of Bucktown is home to Danny's Tavern and Myopic Books, two hot spots in the local poetry scene. Srikanth Reddy and Peter O'Leary read.
The Newberry Library
Jul 13, 2010
The Newberry Library is an independent research library, and has twice served as the home for Poetry magazine during its prestigious and often surprising past.
New Chinatown
Jun 29, 2010
Li-Young Lee grew up in this immigrant neighborhood, and his poem “The Cleaving” depicts his struggles with identity, violence, and universality.
Graceland Cemetery
Jun 15, 2010
This tour stop includes poetry addressed to graves in Chicago’s ritzy Graceland Cemetery. Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay, and Harriet Monroe meditate on mortality and what should, or should not, be memorialized.
Maxwell Street
Jun 1, 2010
Home to street venders and musicians alike, Maxwell Street was one of Chicago’s most vibrant gathering places. Michael Anania pays homage with a poem and a touch of the blues.
The Velvet Lounge
May 18, 2010
Sterling Plumpp dubs the Velvet Lounge a “shrine to jazz,” and explains how jazz fuels his sense of poetic craft.
Chess Records
May 4, 2010
The Great Migration gave birth to a new brand of blues in Chicago, and Chess Records helped make it famous. Sterling Plumpp and Tyehimba Jess read their bluesy poetry.
Stock Yard Gate
Apr 20, 2010
Union Stock Yard Gate is all that remains of the mile-wide livestock market that provided Carl Sandburg with his famous epithet for Chicago, “Hog Butcher for the World.”
Haymarket Monument
Apr 6, 2010
Featuring Bucky Halker, Wobblies, and Studs Terkel, this segment explores the dynamic poetry and songs reflecting Chicago’s industrial labor movements.
The El Train
Mar 23, 2010
The El, or the elevated train system, is one of Chicago’s most distinctive features, “the sound of the city.” Reginald Gibbons and members of the Speak Easy Ensemble share their El-inspired poetry.
Harold Washington Library
Mar 9, 2010
Harold Washington was elected as Chicago’s first African American mayor in 1983. Gwendolyn Brooks, Edward Hirsch, and Albert Goldbarth read an array of poems celebrating progress and the pleasures of reading.
Walking to Harold Washington Library
Feb 23, 2010
In 1912, Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine as a forum for modernist poetry. Featured are poems by George Dillon and John Frederick Nims, former editors of Poetry.
Fine Arts Building
Feb 9, 2010
Renovated in 1898 to create studios for musicians, artists, and writers, the Fine Arts Building was a hotbed of artistic activity, home to magazines such as the Dial and the Little Review, and the offices of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar Lee Masters.
Cliff Dwellers Club
Jan 26, 2010
In the early 20th century, the Cliff Dwellers Club hosted poets at all stages of their careers, from the towering figures of Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats to young unknown Carl Sandburg.
Art Institute of Chicago
Jan 12, 2010
The Art Institute was surrounded by railyards when it was first built, emblematic of Chicago’s roots in industry and the arts. Stuart Dybek, Lisel Mueller, W.S. Di Piero, and others read.
Chicago Cultural Center
Dec 29, 2009
Originally the Chicago Public Library, the Cultural Center provides an ideal atmosphere for this brief history of Chicago poetry, featuring a variety of the city’s poets.
Confronting the Warpland
Feb 22, 2008
"Confronting the Warpland: Black Poets of Chicago" is a one-hour radio documentary presenting African American poets who have found influence and inspiration living in Chicago. Beginning with the Great Migration of the early 20th century when millions of…