In Honor of the Opening of 
American Writers Museum
The American Spirit
Tuesday, May 16th, 1 p.m.
400 S. State Street.
In honor of the opening of the new American Writers Museum, David McCullough will read from and discuss his new book,  The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, a collection of his speeches that remind us of lasting American values. Dr. McCullough will sign copies of the book. Purchase of  The American Spirit is required if attendees wish to have personal copies of earlier McCullough works signed. This event is free and open to the public.
Writers Museum May Events!

Even Though the Whole World is Burning
Monday, May 8th, 6 p.m.
Columbia College Film Row Center
1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor
Documentary about the life and work of poet laureate, two-time Pulitzer winner and environmental activist W.S. Merwin, produced and directed by Stefan Schaefer. Featuring poetry readings and a panel discussion with Schaefer, presented by the Merwin Conservancy, The Canary Project and the American Writers Museum. Hosted by the Photography Department at Columbia College.
General public. Free.

R eading/Signing: 
Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks
Thursday, May 18th, 7 p.m.
American Writers Museum, Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan
Readings from Revise the Psalm, an anthology of work celebrating the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks, by editors Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson Opoku, with contributors. $5 suggested donation.

Road Music: Dennis McNally
Thursday, May 25, Readers Hall, 6:30 p.m.
American Writers Museum, Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan
Dennis McNally, author of the Jack Kerouac biography Desolate Angel and award-winning music historian, speaks about Kerouac's journey and the role music played as a "character" in On The Road.
American Writers Museum Installation Update

The museum space is really starting to come together!  Make sure to come check us out at our new home at 180 N. Michigan Ave. this month!

Get 25% off tickets to Pamplona !

Receive 25% off tickets to performances 5/18 - 5/28 with code WRITERS
Not valid on balcony seating, on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 5/29/17
Stacy Keach stars as Ernest Hemingway in  Pamplona, a new drama about one of history's most charismatic and complex literary legends, directed by Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls.
After the prize comes the pressure. Basking in the glory of career-defining awards-the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the coveted Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954-legendary writer Ernest Hemingway insists his best work is yet to come. Five years later, holed up in a Spanish hotel with a looming deadline, he struggles to knock out a story about the rivalrous matadors of Pamplona. But his real battles lie outside the bullfighting arena; in declining health, consumed by the end of his fourth marriage and tormented by the specter of past glories, he must now conquer the deepening despair that threatens to engulf him. A Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy nominee for the TV mini-series Hemingway, Mr. Keach reprises his tour de force characterization in Jim McGrath's riveting new look at the American novelist, short story writer and journalist-and Oak Park, IL native.
American Writers Museum in the News

The American Writers Museum thanks those who feature us in their publications.  This month, we are happy to share this recent coverage. 

American Way  talked with our president, Carey Cranston this month!

Meetings + Events &  Brit + Co  also included us in their publications!
American Writers Museum 
Welcomes Three New Affiliates

The Sequoyah's Cabin owned by the Cherokee Nation is located on a 200-acre site in Salllisaw, Oklahoma.  Sequoyah, born in Tennessee around 1778, began developing an alphabet for the Cherokee language and completed it in the 1820's. His work resulted in the Cherokees becoming the first Indian tribe to have a written alphabet and led to a significant increase in literacy rates and advancement of their communication and culture.

The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site located in Galesburg, Illinois is the birthplace and boyhood home of Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer, children's author and folk song collector.  Guided tours of the cottage are conducted upon request.

The Vachel Lindsay Home is a historic house museum in Springfield, Illinois.  Built in 1848, it was the birthplace and lifelong home of poet Vachel Lindsay. He was internationally known in the early 20 th century for his unique poetry, the artwork which illustrated his poetry and animated performances of his work.
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The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID Number 27-1822749). All donations made to the Foundation are fully tax deductible.

We are currently  hosting our new Anonymous $500,000 Challenge Grant, running
from now until we open on May 16th! Every donation made between now and then will be matched dollar for dollar.

Your support will help us accomplish our goal of creating a national museum to celebrate the lives and works of our nation's preeminent. Please select an amount and use the "Donate" button to make a secure online contribution via PayPal. 

If you donate $100 dollars or more, we will list you as a Chapter One Patron on the website.
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Upcoming Events with American Writers Museum Affiliates

AWM has over 60  Affiliates throughout the United States. Here are some of the exciting events they have coming up in May:

Thanks to all our donors, patrons, affiliates, and friends for your ongoing support!

The mission of the American Writers Museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.

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