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Adjacent: Oak Park’s Place in the Chicago Poetic Landscape

Thursday, April 27, 2023
6:30-8 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library
Main Branch
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301

Registration recommended.

Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry features a large variety of artists from throughout the Chicago area. The poems move around, from Hyde Park to the West Side to the Gold Coast to Evanston, etc. Perhaps no neighborhood, or adjacent suburb, boasts better representation than Oak Park. The village boasts an enormously talented artistic community and heritage, some transplants, some natives. On Thursday, April 27, we celebrated Poetry Month at the Oak Park Public Library's main branch with a discussion about Oak Park and the poetic arts. Al DeGenovaPatricia McMillen, Rebecca Morgan Frank and Samina Hadi-Tabassum each read some poems before joining anthology editor Donald G. Evans in a discussion. 

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A burst of spring lightened the Veterans Room at the Oak Park Public Library. (Photo by Donald G. Evans).
Samina Hadi-Tabassum reads from her poetry collection, Muslim Melancholia. (Photo by Donald G. Evans).
Al DeGenova, whose After Hours Press co-published the Chicago poetry anthology, reads from his work. (Photo by Donald G. Evans).
Patricia McNair speaks to the audience assembled at OPPL. (Photo by Donald G. Evans).
Rebecca Morgan Frank puzzles out her introductory remarks. (Photo by Donald G. Evans).
Donald G. Evans (far right) engages poets Rebecca Morgan Frank, Patricia McNair, Al DeGenova, and Samina Hadi-Tabassum in a discussion. (Photo by Margaret Flynn).
Patty, Samina, Morgan and Al (left to right) pose for a group shot. (Photo by Donald G. Evans).

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