Event—Public Programming

Harriet Monroe & the Open Door

Explore the life of Harriet Monroe in this event co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

Harriet Monroe

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned.

Harriet Monroe's extraordinary life and work gave the world one of the most exciting and enduring magazines devoted to “the best English verse which is being written today, regardless of where, by whom, or under what theory of art it is written.” In partnership with the current exhibition at the Poetry Foundation, this talk and discussion will explore Monroe's life and legacy, including her landmark poem for the 1893 Chicago's World Fair; her 1905 operetta "The Troll's Holiday," which she wrote while a resident at Hull-House; and the great experiment of launching Poetry magazine in 1912.

This program is cosponsored by the Poetry Foundation, in connection with its new exhibition, Harriet Monroe & the Open Door.


Liesl Olson is Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and former Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library. She has written widely on twentieth-century literature and art, including Modernism and the Ordinary and Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis, which won the 2018 Pegasus Award from the Poetry Foundation for best book of poetry criticism, as well as the 2019 Mid-America Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Dr. Olson is co-curator of the exhibition Harriet Monroe and the Open Door at the Poetry Foundation.

Cost and Registration

This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

Registration opens September 1.

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