We’re on a Mission 🚀 Help Support Poetry Programs for over 2,500 students! As we head towards the end of the calendar year, and launch our annual campaign, the Chicago Poetry Center team is […]

The Chicago Poetry Center is now in its 7th year as Chicagoland Regional Host Organization for the national youth poetry competition, Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a collaborative project of the Illinois […]

Students montaged their experience of their gender using rich imagery informed by the senses. Ms. Hernandez, 7th grade, 1st period Sweet Girl by Kimberly G. Girl looks sparkling like shimmer. Girl feels cold as […]

Ms. Widman High School Creative Writing This week the young Viking writers explored love poems by reading Matthew Olzmann’s “Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem” and Kim Addonizio’s “My Heart”. The writers […]

Jordan Jace’s “I want” was the poem we examined this week. Unlike the prior selection, Jace’s effort reads as ‘normal,’ with its standard grammar and lack of blank space, and incorporates repetition as a […]

The Chicago Poetry Center presents BLUE HOUR, a free, public monthly in-person reading series and generative writing workshop hosted and facilitated by Marty McConnell.  *** HEALTH & SAFETY NOTE: We are requesting that attendees mask […]

This week for poetry club at Clissold we focused on writing poems about ourselves. We read Leslie Reese’s poem I Am and talked about stanzas and lines and how to use them in our […]

This week we got started on poems using personification as a device in our poems. We read “A Lament” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and talked about how we could give human qualities to things […]

One of my favorite things to write about with students is food! It provides such a great way to engage all of our senses and bring a poem to life. We got started by […]

Students worked on comparisons, capturing resemblances both inside and outside the classroom and drew how they felt about object relationships. Ms. Hernandez, 7th grade 1st Period Randomly? by Enrique P. A Chromebook is great […]

Students read the poem, ‘Thought Machine’ by Laura Mucha from the book Being Me; they then wrote about their thoughts using metaphors and similes. Lesson Note: “I learned that the only way to get […]

Last week at South Loop Poetry Club, we finished our Senses chapter by talking about scents. A lot of poetry, and a lot of humanity, does not acknowledge scent except as supplement, especially to […]

For our 5th sessions at Swift, we got dreamy! Students shared comforting dreams, crazy dreams, nightmares, magical dreams, and dreams of things hoped for. Enjoy these dream poems! Ms. Urquiza2nd Grade Alexa M. yo […]

Ms. Widman High School Creative Writing This week the Viking writers read Marie Howe’s “Gretel, From A Sudden Clearing” and “My Mother Believes in My Marriage and this Shows Me Her Heart Can Forgive […]

David Baker’s poem “Pastoral” evoked some interesting conversations this week. First of all, with its use of blank space, it created opportunities for various interpretative readings by student volunteers—some with pauses, others who chose […]

This week  Mr. Reinholdt’s 7th grade class wrapped up writing their “I Am” poems inspired by Nikki Giovanni’s Ego Trippin’. We also took some time to look over the poems that have been published […]

To start off our first week at Clissold’d after school poetry club we talked about some of the different things that poems can do. This is a brief list of what the amazing 1st, […]

Students read Gwendolyn Brooks’ classic poem, ‘We Real Cool’ before crafting their own ‘cool’ poems using their own words and ideas for what is cool, rhyme repetition, and the short form. We Real Cool […]

For our 4th sessions, we looked at comparison poems created by Swift 2nd graders from previous years, and discussed what it means to find similarities between two different things. We had fun comparing things […]

I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so sunny and warm for today’s session with Mr. Reinholdt’s 7th graders, but decided it was still a great day for a snowball fight! Inspired by a […]

This week in Ms. Murray’s 4th grade class we read My Dad by Ashley Bryan. We talked about how the short lines of the poem helped to give it a rhythm, and while it […]

Students read Gwendolyn Brooks’ classic poem, ‘We Real Cool’ before crafting their own ‘cool’ poems using their own words and ideas for what is cool, rhyme, repetition, and the short form. We Real Cool […]

First graders are strong, powerful, and fearless! (Well… most of the time!) We learned about amazing poet Maya Angelou and listened to her read from a poem she wrote “for all children who whistle […]

Students talked about similes before reading Mike Taylor’s poem filled with the same! Here is some of the writing that resulted from that exercise! Lesson Note: “Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even […]

“Remember” by Joy Harjo was this week’s selection. After hearing it read aloud, we wondered who the speaker might be—the poet, or someone (or something) else? One of the first elements of poetry we […]

Students read “Josh Bell” By Kwame Alexander and introduced themselves through their passions, focusing on line and rhyme! Voice and perspective! Mr. Charmelo, 7th grade, 1st period No Muhammad Ali by Royal G No […]


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“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.