Programs Spotlight: CPC Celebrations Ring in the New Year!

CPC Celebrates Black Leaders
in Chicago, Milwaukee, and More


The new year is off to a busy start as the Chicago Poetry Center celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with four virtual assemblies for Milwaukee’s St. Philip’s Lutheran School. With support from Bader Philanthropies, three of CPC’s Poets in Residence kicked off the long weekend by performing poems about community, identity, civic engagement, and social justice for the school’s 3rd-8th grade students.

CPC Poets in Residence Fullamusu Bangura, Tarnynon Bangura, and Luis Tubens perform in a virtual Pop-Up Assembly at St. Philip’s and share poems about leadership, identity, community, and social justice.

Next month, we’ll engage students closer to home with Pop-Up Assemblies in honor of Black History Month. At a Friday night community expo at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL, CPC poets will share the work and legacies of Black poets who have inspired the poems we write today. In Chinatown, we’re spending an afternoon at Haines Elementary, one of our Residency partner schools, to share poems by Black legacy poets and play a leadership and identity-themed version of our interactive InstaPoem game.

If you’re interested in bringing the Chicago Poetry Center’s performances to your school or community, visit our website to learn more.

Vote for the Chicago Poetry Center!

The deadline to vote is February 15th!

We’re thrilled to be nominated in two categories in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2022. We’re a nominee for Best Poetry Organization, and Blue Hour is a nominee for Best Reading Series.

The deadline to vote is February 15th, so please vote for us in both categories on the Arts and Culture ballot. Thanks for your support!

Queen Zee in the News!


Queen Zee and her robot friend Henry hang out with each other!
Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures has been spotted in mailboxes and inboxes near and far! From a mention in a CPS librarian-focused newsletter to a full-page spread in the Winter 2022 issue of literary magazine Georgia Review, we’re thrilled to see the word spread about our fun and free video poetry lessons for kids.

Special thanks to our friends at the American Writers Museum for offering complimentary field trips to eligible classrooms that complete the five-episode series. Email the Museum to learn more. And as always, huge thanks to the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts for their generous support of this program as well as our residencies and pop-up performances.

No Love for Love 2023:
CPC’s Annual Fundraiser


Join us at No Love for Love!
Donate to CPC’s annual fundraising campaign and receive a ticket to No Love for Love, our celebration featuring live performances, custom poems while you wait, poems by students, drinks and bites, and stories of impact from the classroom.

No Love for Love is February 8th. Give today to support creative literacy!

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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.