DePaul Professor Mark Turcotte Presents a Poetry Reading with Students at DPAM March 1st

DPU Prof and poet Mark Turcotte presents a poetry reading featuring a group of his students at the DePaul Art Museum on Tuesday, March 1st at 7pm. Come out and hear what your fellow students have been working on and support the creative community here at DePaul!

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The Poetry Foundation’s Open Door Readings in February Featuring DePaul Prof Mark Turcotte and student Tova Bejamin


On Tuesday, February 16, the Poetry Foundation is presenting a reading by DePaul University’s Mark Turcotte and his student Alison Ogunmokun, along with City Colleges of Chicago professor Daniel Borzutsky and his student Tova Benjamin as part of our Open Door Readings series. The Open Door Readings present work from Chicago’s writing programs on a monthly basis. Each hour-long reading features two area writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.

The event is free and open to the public and takes place at Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. You can join the Facebook event here.

December Poetry Foundation Events

Christmas poem by Dylan Thomas? Check.
Reading and dramatic interpretation of 12th century Sufi poetry? Check.

In other words, you should probably CHECK out the upcoming events from the Poetry Foundation. (I won’t even mention that they’re FREE)

December Poetry Foundation Events

Here’s a little winter poem from the foundation (read it with hot cocoa)

First Snow, Kerhonkson

This, then, is the gift the world has given me
(you have given me)
softly the snow
cupped in hollows
lying on the surface of the pond
matching my long white candles
which stand at the window
which will burn at dusk while the snow
fills up our valley
this hollow
no friend will wander down
no one arriving brown from Mexico
from the sunfields of California, bearing pot
they are scattered now, dead or silent
or blasted to madness
by the howling brightness of our once common vision
and this gift of yours—
white silence filling the contours of my life.

Congrats Prof Turcotte!!

Prof Turcotte will be speaking at the University of Michigan on Thursday, October 27 along with authors Vievee Francis and Mary Leader. Each poet will read from their most recent work, and along with their respective editors, Reginald Gibbons, Parnisha Jones and Tony Frazer–speak on the collaborative process of bringing a book of poetry into print.

There will be a roundtable at 2:00pm at the Lemuel Johnson Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. A panel will follow at 3:30pm and a reading at 5:10pm.

The event is Free and open to the public.