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  No Love for Love: Quarantine Edition is next week! Thursday, February 11, 7 – 8 p.m. Join the Chicago Poetry Center for a celebration of the power of poetry, showcasing the impact of […]

PROGRAMS MANAGER CHICAGO POETRY CENTER Mission The Chicago Poetry Center’s mission is to connect people with poetry, equitably engage poets with communities, and foster creativity and literacy in schools. We do this work through […]

The Chicago Reader covers our “Shelter in Poetry” transition to virtual support of CPS students: Of particular note is the stellar job the CPC Poets in Residence have done in making this pivot. […]

A poem written from home this past month by one of our student poets: Jaylon speaks plainly to the need for system-wide truth, reconciliation, and justice, from 5th grade. The Chicago Poetry Center stands […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elizabeth M Sampson Chicago Poetry Center Creative Literacy Residencies Pivot to At Home Learning for Chicago Public Schools Chicago, IL – May 18, 2020 – Pivoting with Chicago Public […]

October Six Points Reading Raych Jackson and Berry Grass October 12th 6:00-7:00 pm The Whistler Please join us for the October installment of the Six Points Reading Series featuring Raych Jackson and Berry Grass. […]

Post Update: This call is now closed. We have received an exceptionally high volume of gifted candidates in less than a month, and are no longer accepting applications for 2019-20. Thank you to all […]

August Six Points Reading with Tara Betts and avery r. young August 29th at 6:00pm Chicago Water Taxi   Details: Board: 5:30 – 5:59 at the Michigan Ave Water Taxi stop – located between […]

This spring we partnered with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to offer our Chicago students additional workshops, and a chance to link up with a national poetry competition that engages students with global […]

This weekend the Chicago Poetry Center celebrated the official ribbon cutting of the North Lawndale Word Play Way Poetry Mural. The winning poem by poet Aniyah Orr Howard was selected by community members, from […]


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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.