april 2017

12apr7:00 PM- 8:00 PMGolden Shovel with Patricia Smith & Terrance Hayes




Event Details

Celebrate the publication of The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks with editors Peter Kahn and Patricia Smith, recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, along with contributors to the collection. Terrance Hayes, National Book Award winner and inventor of the Golden Shovel form, will also be featured.

The last words of each line in a Golden Shovel poem are, in order, words from a line or lines taken from a Brooks poem. The poems are, in a way, secretly encoded to enable both a horizontal reading of the new poem and vertical reading down the right-hand margin of Brooks’s original. An array of writers—including Pulitzer Prize winners, T. S. Eliot Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and National Poet Laureates—have written poems for this exciting new anthology: Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovani, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Doty, Sharon Draper, and Julia Glass are just a few of the contributing poets.


(Wednesday) 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Poetry Foundation

61 W Superior Street, Chicago IL 60654


Poetry Foundationeburkedain@poetryfoundation.org


Free and open to the public

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