Press Release


Celebrate with authors Quraysh Ali Lansana & Georgia A. Popoff

CHICAGO – Celebrate the publication of Our Difficult Sunlight, an instructional guide to poetry, literacy and social justice in the classroom and community on Thursday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St., Chicago). This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Kelly Saulsberry at

Co-authors Quraysh Ali Lansana and Georgia A. Popoff have spent nearly two decades working in classrooms and communities to educate people on best practices for reading and writing poetry.  Their book, Our Difficult Sunlight, is intended to support both teachers and teaching artists in recognizing the value of poetry as a vehicle to access meaning, cross-curricular applications, acceptance of others, and self-identity.  The book includes a foreword by poet Dr. Carol D. Lee, who, along with poet and educator Haki Madhubuti, will be on hand to make remarks during the reception.

This event is co-sponsored by The Public Square and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.


Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of five poetry books, a children’s book, and editor of seven anthologies. He is Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he is also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing

Georgia A. Popoff is a poet with two published collections of poetry, a teaching artist, arts-in-education professional development specialist, managing editor of Comstock Review, Downtown Writer’s Center faculty member, and former board member of the Association of Teaching Artists.


The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at


The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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