Mission + Programs


Our mission is to provide poetry in the greater Chicago community, and to support the careers of Chicago poets.
We do both of these through our two primary programs:



Six Points Reading Series is a monthly, free and public reading series, at rotating locations across Chicago. The series features emerging and established as well as local, national, and international writers. You can receive updates on our events by joining our mailing list on the homepage, following us on social media, or checking our News + Events page. For more information contact natasha@poetrycenter.org



Hands On Stanzas is Taft_Sliderour creative literacy residency program in Chicago Public Schools. We hire Chicago poet/teaching artists (Poets In Residence) to teach year-long residencies. The poets meet with their classrooms weekly, and publish student work after each session on our Hands On Stanzas school blogs. Each week our poet and students read, write, discuss, and perform poetry. The program improves reading and writing skills, builds confidence, and affirms the voices of young Chicagoans. For more information, please visit the program page.



The Poetry Center of Chicago is an independent not-for-profit, 501c3 arts organization founded in 1974. To learn more about how you can support the Poetry Center of Chicago, please visit our support page. To contact the Poetry Center of Chicago regarding these programs, or any other inquiries, please find the appropriate contact here.