Join us on October 8

On October 8, 2015, The Poetry Center of Chicago will host a reading and conversation with Maryrose Carroll–visual artist, writer, and wife of the late poet Paul Carroll (co-founder of the Poetry Center).

Maryrose will read an excerpt from her recently published book, Beats Me. The book features Paul Carroll’s recollections of the Chicago Literary Scene: from controversy at The Chicago Review and then censorship at The Big Table over publication of Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac in the late 1950s, the founding of the Poetry Center of Chicago and early 1970s art and poetry scene of Chicago.

“This is a wonderful book. It’s a fascinating account of some of some of the most vibrant, stormy and controversial times in American literature,” said Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina. “In fact, for any student of twentieth-century poetry, it’s downright mesmerizing.”

In conjunction with a visit from Maryrose Carroll, this fall, the Poetry Center of Chicago celebrates its rich cultural history with Poets Look at Paintings, a revival of its first-ever live event in 1974. A special reading culled from ekphrastic submissions will take place on November 18, 2015.

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago on October 8, 2015, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Garland Room of the Chicago Cultural Center for a reading from, and conversation with Maryrose Carroll.



“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.