Poetry in the Parks Reading: Ed Roberson and Daniel Woody

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at Garfield Park Conservatory for the first installment of the Poetry in the Parks Reading Series

Garfield Park Conservatory

Palm House

300 N Central Park Avenue

Chicago, IL 60624

6:00 – 7:30 PM

In partnership with the American Writers Museum, our June reading will feature Ed Roberson and Daniel Woody.

We will be located in the Palm House as special guest and award-winning poet, Ed Roberson, will read W.S. Merwin and other nature-inspired poetry.

Ed Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World (2010), which was a runner up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; The New Wing of the Labyrinth (2009); City Eclogue (2006); Atmosphere Conditions (1999), which was chosen by Nathaniel Mackey for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work (1998); and Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In (1995), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His most recent publication is the chapbook Closest Pronunciation (2013.) His earlier collections include Etai-Eken (1975) and When Thy King is a Boy (1970). Words and phrases in Roberson’s experimental poetry actively resist parsing, using instead what Mackey has called “double-jointed syntax” to explore and bend themes of race, history, and culture. “I’m not creating a new language. I’m just trying to un-White-Out the one we’ve got,” said Roberson in a 2006 interview with Chicago Postmodern Poetry.

Daniel Woody lives in Chicago, where he teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute and Loyola University and bakes bread. His work can be found at The Volta, The Opiate, Word Riot, HOUND, and BOAAT, though he feels his greatest poetic accomplishment might be that Kaveh Akbar once tweeted a line from one of his poems.

Read/Write Library will have books available on their BiblioTreka!




“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.