Will You Support the Fund?

Our 3rd annual Hands On Stanzas Scholarship Campaign is live!   Please: donate and spread the word for our student poets across Chicago. And check out our fabulous new video […]

Dadaism: Paper Bag Poems

  While the 6th graders wrapped up poems for Mom, the 7th graders tacked “Cut Up” poems, said to have been created by Tristan Tzara in the 1920s, during a movement […]

PCC’s Elizabeth Metzger Sampson named in Newcity’s Lit 50 2017

Our Executive Director, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson, was included in this year’s Lit 50: Who Really Books In Chicago. We love the write up on Beth, our programs, and the shout […]

I Used to Be an Idiom But Now I Am a Metaphor –– Poems @ Moos

For our final writing week, the students reflect on how they’ve changed: over their lives, this year, in writing, in silly ways, and just about everything else! Ms. Willis 3rd […]

I’m From “I Love You” And “Piano Time!” –– Poems @Avondale Logandale

This week, we tour a magical library in our minds! We began by envisioning an enchanted and massive library, and then we read a poem that takes place inside the […]

From Don’t Worry About It –– Poems @Moos

This week, we tour a magical library in our minds! We began by envisioning an enchanted and massive library, and then we read a poem that takes place inside the […]

This Book is You ––– Library Poems @Darwin

This week, we tour a magical library in our minds! We began by envisioning an enchanted and massive library, and then we read a poem that takes place inside the […]

I Used to Be Today But Now I Am Tomorrow –– Poems @ Avondale Logandale

For our final writing week, the students reflect on how they’ve changed: over their lives, this year, in writing, in silly ways, and just about everything else! Ms. Pease 4th […]

I Used to Be Sand But Now I Am a Pearl ––– Poems @ Darwin

For our final writing week, the students reflect on how they’ve changed: over their lives, this year, in writing, in silly ways, and just about everything else! Ms. Garcia 2nd […]

With Love: A Collective, Part 2

Today’s post is a special edition for all the moms: My mom, your mom, her mom and the moms of the students at Dubois Elementary school. My time there has […]