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Six Points Reading Series featuring: Amira Hanafi

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Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at Read/Write Library for the April installment of the Six Points Reading Series! This month we are pleased to welcome Amira Hanafi on April […]

Seasons of Change: Haiku for You

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Today’s children need our ear. No-really. It may seem, more than any other, that this generation is heard: the internet, social media, smart phones every day, every moment in tow, […]

Apply Now: Poetry Center seeks Social Media Intern

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Now seeking: New Social Media Intern! Come join our team! Poetry Center office culture is one of fun and professionalism: everyone is serious about their work, but has fun doing […]

Ars Republica

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Last week was our final (!?) classes for the 4th grade poetry residency. To celebrate, I brought in “The Republic of Poetry” by Martín Espada, and five different students from […]

Billy Collins’ Most Excellent Adventure!

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For our final poem at Washington, I chose, On Turning Ten by Billy Collins. The poem has one looking back while at the same time, looking forward…apropos for a great group […]

It Doesn’t Change Me –– Leadership Poems 💪 @ Darwin Elementary

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This week in poetry: leadership! Darwin Elementary teaches leadership qualities at every grade level. As the school got ready for a leadership writing contest, the 2nd grade teachers asked if we […]

As the Frost Covers the Window I See a Winter Wonderland –– Haikus @ Moos

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This week in poetry: haiku! We find ourselves on the cusp on seasons right now, a good time to reflect on the particular qualities of each one. This week the […]

Perfekshun

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Last week, we read and discussed Carrie Fountain‘s “Theory of Perfection.” One of the first things we did was define theory; I then asked if it was really possible to […]

Penning the Line Between Love and Hate

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Last week we met on a Tuesday. I was happy to see the students; it had been too long. They had not forgotten about poetry though, as I requested. For […]

I Will Never Forget That Dragon: Dream Poems @ Moos

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This week the second graders wrote their dreams, some as lists of dreams and wishes, others a narrative in a poem of one, especially fabulous dream they love to remember. […]