Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest is coming up on April 28th. Poetry Fest is a free, day-long festival of entertaining poetry readings, workshops, performances and discussions taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center. Join us for a day filled with fresh voices, unique perspectives and compelling artists. For more information about Poetry Fest visit chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/poetry_fest .
Award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca appears as the keynote speaker, replacing Les Murray, at the Chicago Public Library’s 13th Annual Poetry Fest on Saturday, April 28 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street. Baca presents his keynote address at 2:00 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. This program is cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation. (Please Note: Les Murray’s appearance has been cancelled. Chicago Public Library apologizes for any disappointment or inconvenience.)
After being sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison at the age of 21, Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and write and found his passion for poetry. Three of his poems became part of Immigrants in Our Own Land, published in 1979, the same year he was released from prison. Like many Southwestern writers, Baca identifies with the land around him and the myths that are part of his culture. Baca’s memoir, A Place To Stand, won the prestigious International Award. He also is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the National Poetry Award, two Southwest Book Awards and the International Hispanic Heritage Award.
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