Haiku Your Love

A poetry reading and haiku celebration!

February 13

5:30-8 PM

Weinberg/Newton Gallery

300 W Superior St, Suite 203


The David L. Hoyt Education Foundation, the Poetry Center of Chicago and the Chicago Literacy Alliance (CLA) invite you to spread some love this Valentine’s Day at “Haiku Your Love.”

Attendees will participate in making haikus from various love-themed words that will be prearranged from large stencils provided by the David L. Hoyt Foundation. The Poetry Center will make recommendations for words to include in each of the haikus and suggestions for different haiku formats.

Participants and attendees will vote on their favorite haiku, which will be framed after the event and put on display at the CLA for extended viewing. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $3.50 each online (via Eventbrite) and $5 at the door. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. 

Poetry reading by Ashley Keyser.

Ashley Keyser is from Chicago. She earned a Poetry MFA from University of Florida, and her work has appeared in Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, The Journal, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere.

Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is presented in concert with The Tip of My Tongue, a group exhibition organized in partnership with the Chicago Literacy Alliance which aims to draw out the complexities of language as a tool not only for communication but also for connection, discovery, and growth. This group exhibition takes an expansive approach to the theme of literacy as it explores the many issues caught up in the web of words we each navigate, from notions of identity and belonging, to autonomy and self-expression. Through sound, color, book arts, and text, this group of works by six Chicago-based artists provides access points to a multiplicity of voices, ideas, viewpoints, and conversations.

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“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.