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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Help Support Poetry Programs for over 2,500 students! Big news: it’s the final day of our auction! (Auction closes at 10PM CT!) We’re excited to be auctioning dozens of great bundles ranging in interest, […]

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 […]

The Chicago Poetry Center is pleased to serve in its 7th year as the Chicagoland Regional Host Organization for the national Poetry Out Loud Teen Competition. Poetry Out Loud is a collaborative project in partnership with […]

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 […]

During our 4th week at Dulles, we read an erasure poem from Austin Kleon’s “Newspaper Blackout” to start a conversation about editing our work and how to recycle pieces of poetry to make something […]

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 […]

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