Sayonara, 2nd Grade!

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After twenty inspirational, insightful, incredible, incisive, illuminating, impassioned, and often improvisational weeks of poetry, we had our final 2nd grade classes this week. It’s never easy ending a residency, but […]

History of the Old South

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For this week we discussed a poem by Natasha Trethewey entitled “Southern History.” The poem discusses a student sitting in a history just listening to all the rubbish being spewed […]

A Whistling Through the Water

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This week was a weird but fruitful week. We read the poem “Emmett Till” by James A. Emanuel (link to the poem and link to Emanuel reading it below) and […]

Always Be Composing, Dude

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“A Poem for S.” by Jessica Greenbaum was this week’s selection. After hearing it read aloud by two student volunteers, there were many opening comments regarding the fact that almost […]

Hands On Stanzas student poets: Live at the Chicago Cultural Center!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Reading: 5:30 – 7:00 Claudia Cassidy Theater Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St Join us for our end of the year Hands On Stanzas celebration! […]

Graduate Student Reading April 3

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Join the Poetry Center of Chicago for this month’s installment of the Six Points Reading Series on Friday April 3. We’re changing up our location this month and heading upstairs […]

Carnival of the Animals: Performance Poems

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In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on March 20 and 21, students from the Hands on Stanzas program participated in a presentation of Carnival of the Animals. This special […]

Indiegogo Campaign Launching April 1!

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In an effort to raise funds to support our Hands on Stanzas program the Poetry Center will be launching a month-long Indiegogo campaign. Throughout the month of April (National Poetry […]

Happy Valentimes!

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Every day can be Valentine’s Day if you have love in your heart! Or at least if you have me as a teacher. We read and responded to Naomi Shihab […]

No Pane, No Gain

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Last week at Skinner West, we read James Dickey‘s lengthy poem, “The Hospital Window.” I began our conversation by noting that there are multiple ways of interpreting this work, and […]