Poetry for the Senses
a traveling exhibit
October 10, 2019 – October 25, 2019
Chinatown Branch, CPL
2100 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago IL 60616
November 5, 2019 – November 20, 2019
Albany Park Branch, CPL
3401 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago IL 60625
Poetry is art. Art is a sensuous experience that belongs to everyone.
This exhibit aims to let us experience poetry with all of our senses and bring awareness to the limitations the visually-impaired face. Written by Chicago residents, each poem is displayed in print, Braille, recording (scan QR code with your smart device) and is accompanied by a scent.
“The POETRY FOR THE SENSES exhibit was inspired by meeting and working with Peter Rayner, a blind by birth Australian scientist, and - more recently - by taking a Memoir writing & teaching class from double award winning memoirist and visually-impaired teacher, Beth Finke.”
- Iliana Genkova, exhibit curator
This exhibit, much like good writing, aims to deliver poetry to all of our senses.
Iliana Genkova is a scientist and has a passion for the arts. She dabbles in poetry and creative non-fiction writing. She runs a writing group in Uptown and facilitates memoir workshops from time to time.
Iliana Genkova and Julie Morley
To learn more about the visually impaired community and allied services in Chicago,
Sincere thanks to Chinatown and Albany Park branches of CPL for their enthusiastic reception as exhibit hosts. Many thanks to Beth Finke for her invaluable input on the exhibit content. Thanks to Ryan Baker for the audio setup, and to the authors for their contributions.
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