Brief History


The Poetry Center of Chicago’s first readings took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the early 1970’s. Since then, the Poetry Center has boasted 40+ years of literary readings events and 20 years of arts partnership with Chicago Public Schools.


In the past five years, the Poetry Center of Chicago has undergone restructuring and revitalization as an organization–to rebuild and better supports its mission in the current climate. The changes are exciting and include restructuring Hands On Stanzas to better support underserved school in economic need, and promote equitable access to arts education across Chicago. The Six Points Reading Series [link to Six Points Page] now rotates through venues and neighborhoods across Chicago, while offering free public programming.