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News Thu Apr 22 2010

New Poetry Foundation Gigs in June 2011

The Poetry Foundation has begun construction of a new home that will be Chicago's first building dedicated solely to the art form of poetry, and the first permanent venue for Poetry magazine in its nearly 100-year history in the city. "This new home will have a dramatic, positive impact on our mission. We will be able to invite new audiences into the world of poetry through our public spaces, expanded programming, and new partnerships," said Poetry Foundation President John Barr. "It will offer to poetry lovers a destination, a physical engagement with the art form." The 22,000-square-foot building is being constructed at the intersection of Dearborn and Superior. The total projected cost for the building, including land acquisition, is $21.5 million. Funding is made possible by the estate of pharmaceutical heiress Ruth Lilly, who often submitted poems to Poetry magazine but was never published there.

 
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