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Upcoming Poetry Events to Ignite Your Fall

As the crisp autumn breeze ushers in a new season, poetry enthusiasts are in for a treat with a variety of upcoming poetry events that promise to inspire, engage, and ignite the imagination. This fall, venues across the country are set to host gatherings that celebrate the art of words, offering a diverse range of voices and themes. Whether you’re a seasoned poetry connoisseur or just beginning to explore the beauty of verse, these events are sure to leave a lasting impression.


Forms & Features Online: Ecopoetry 

Location: Online, hosted by the Poetry Foundation

Dates: Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 PM CT– 8:00 PM CT

Tuesday, September 12, 2:00 PM CT– 4:00 PM CT

Wednesday, September 13, 10:00 AM CT–12:00 PM CT


Participants from across the globe are welcome to this poetry discussion and creative writing workshop hosted by the award-winning Chicago-based poet Maggie Queeny. Lovers of eco-poetry (or, poetry that explores nature, culture, and the environment), will enjoy a wide array of poems and guided creative writing sessions. Registration is required


Chicago Poet Laureate Celebration

Location: Hybrid, hosted by the Poetry Foundation

Date: Thursday, September 7:006:00 PM CT


Join in-person or via live stream to celebrate Chicago’s Poet Laureate, avery r. young. In addition to his many publications, young is an arts educator, 3Arts Awardee, and the composer and librettist for a newly commissioned work from the Lyric Opera of Chicago titled safronia, according to the Chicago Laureate Program. At this celebration, he will perform alongside an impressive list of Chicago poets at the Harold Washington Library Center in the Pritzker Auditorium. 


Brooklyn Book Festival

Location: Hybrid

Dates: September 24th,–October 2nd


Brooklyn Book Festival boasts a variety of hybrid and in-person literary events. Free to the public, this event brings authors and readers together from across the globe and all around the borough. While a full list of events is still in-progress, you can sign up for their newsletter to get the latest and greatest updates on all things lit-fest. 


The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read

Location: In-person

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2:00,–5:00 PM CT


Created in partnership with Milkweed Books and PeoplesPoetryMN, this annual event will host over 30 local poets. Each poet will read for three minutes before passing the mic, making a marathon of this exciting lineup. The reading will take place at Milkweed Books, located on the first floor of Open Book. 


Latin América: A Spoken Word Play

Location: In-person

Dates: October 13,–15 8:00 PM


WestCoast poetry lovers will enjoy this exciting play presented by Alegria magazine. This spoken word play features 20 Latine/x Artists, poetas, and performers. Held at the iconic Hudson Theaters, guests can attend one of three 8 PM showtimes: Friday, October 13; Saturday, October 14; or Sunday, October 15. 


This fall, poetry becomes a gateway to emotions, thoughts, and experiences, connecting people through the sheer power of language. Whether you’re drawn to introspective verses or inspiring stanzas, there’s an event tailored to your poetic preferences. So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of poetry that this season has to offer. Let the words flow, the metaphors dance, and the emotions stir, as you embark on a poetic journey that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.