The Summer of Hot Classroom @ Manley High School

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Last week we wrote poems inspired by Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Knoxville, Tennessee” which examines her childhood memories of summer—food, activities, family parties, etc. We revisited our childhood associations with summer […]

Fred Sasaki & Dolly Lemke to read August 6

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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 […]

PCC Dreams with Summer in The City

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The Poetry Center of Chicago visited St. James Episcopal Cathedral yesterday to write poems inspired by Langston Hughes famous poem, “Harlem.”  Because we’re young and still have time to achieve […]

Because My Cat Found A Unicorn & Other Reasons Why @ Manley High School

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Last Thursday, Mr. Peterson and Ms. O’Neal’s classes read and discussed an English translation of the poem “Because” by Greek poet, Yannis Ritsos. The poem offers ten lines of explanation, […]

I Remember Eating a Whole Stick of Butter & Other Memories @ Manley High School

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Last week Mr. Peterson and Ms. O’Neal’s classes reviewed and discussed an excerpt of Joe Brainard’s autobiographical long poem, “I Remember.” Brainard’s litany of memories investigate his childhood, his neighborhood, […]

I Wish the Microwave Had Legs & other poems @ Manley High School

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During the second portion of our class at Manley High School’s summer credit recovery program we wrote “I Wish” poems. I asked the students to write 10-15 wishes and to […]

Cars Driving on Clouds in the Sky— Exquisite Corpse Poems @ Manley High School

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Hello, readers. I am serving as the summer Poet in Residence and I’ll be reporting on poems created at Manley High School’s summer credit recovery program until the end of […]

Maggie Smith & Anthony Opal to read July 9

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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 […]

How to Fund Your Chicago Reading or Workshop: Friday at the Cultural Center

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Friday, June 19. 2015 3:30 – 5pm Chicago Cultural Center Garland Room, 1st Floor 78 E. Washington Interested in getting funding for your reading or workshop in Chicago? Poets & […]

Poetry Center Executive Director serves as Blue Ribbon judge for ICHV youth poetry contest

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Our Executive Director, Elizabeth Sampson, served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Judge for the Annual Student Voices Contest through the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence! Congratulations to Alejandra Velasco and […]