Sayonara, 2nd Grade!


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


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


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


“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!


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


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


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!


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!


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


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 […]