All Schools Reading 2021: A Celebration of Student Poets

You’re invited! All Schools Reading 2021:

A Celebration of Student Poets

Wednesday, May 26, 6 P.M.
via YouTube Live


Throughout the academic year, Chicago Poetry Center Poets in Residence have taught poetry in over 40 virtual classrooms across 10 schools. To close out the 2020-21 In-School Residencies, CPC celebrates its students with the annual All Schools Reading.


Please join us on Wednesday, May 26th at 6pm (Central Time) for a celebratory reading by student poets from CPC residencies. We can’t wait to showcase the creative powerful poems by Chicago Poetry Center students. Click the image below or follow this link to access the live stream. Click here to RSVP via Facebook.



New Student Poetry

Cat’s eyes get real big/Dog looks with big eyes too, thinks/Who’ll get their food first?
-Jocyana C., a 5th grader from Avondale-Logandale Elementary. Read more haiku-inspired student poems on the blog.
Poetry is as meaningful as a great apology./Poetry is like excited words dancing with a happy monkey.
-Mrs. Rosenzweig’s 4th grade class at Skinner West. Check out the school’s other collaboratively written poems here.

Introducing: New Pop-Up Assembly Poets


The popularity of our Virtual Pop-Up Assemblies means we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming three new poets to our performance team. We’re excited to bring Joshua Nguyen, Chanell Ruth, and Noel Quiñones to virtual classrooms and stages across the Chicagoland area. Learn more about them by reading their bios on our Poets in Residence page.

See you at the All Schools Reading!



“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.