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Carnival of the Animals Featured Poems: Avondale-Logandale

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

Stuart Dybek & Sandra Marchetti to Read March 12

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Join the Poetry Center of Chicago for this month’s installment of the Six Points Reading Series. Admission is free at the Garland Room on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural […]

March 21 & 22: Hands on Stanzas Partners with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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The Hands on Stanzas program is proud to partner with the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to present two special performances of Carnival of the Animals. On […]

Word Play

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The approach to this week’s poem was a bit different. Two students from each class were asked to read Wallace Stevens‘ “The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm,” […]

Comparisons @ ALS

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This week the students and I discussed similes. We tried our hands at surprising comparisons, to see what exciting new ideas might emerge from strange pairings…   Ms. Pease 4th […]

My Little Sister Is Like A Vacuum & Other Strange Similes @ Moos Elementary

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This week the students and I discussed similes. We tried our hands at surprising comparisons, to see what exciting new ideas might emerge from strange pairings… Mr. Schade 4th Grade […]

My Grandma Is Like a Muffin & Other Strange Comparisons @ Darwin Elementary

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This week the students and I discussed similes. We tried our hands at surprising comparisons, to see what exciting new ideas might emerge from strange pairings… Ms Arango 2nd Grade […]

Illinois Humanities Council awards PCC General Support Grant!

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The Poetry Center of Chicago has been awarded a General Support Grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. U.S. Senator Richard Durbin congratulated the Poetry Center on the award: Your tireless commitment […]

Hangin’ Fire

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“Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde begins “I am fourteen.” Right away, we know how old this speaker is and can put context into the mindset of the speaker. While the […]

Dance Like Only 8th Graders are Watching

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“Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde is all about being 14 and therefore I love teaching it to 14 year olds to get their reflections on her reflections – and to […]