CPC Students live at Grant Park Music Festival!

Chicago Poetry Center Student Poets

at the Grant Park Music Festival!

The roar of a lion. The grandeur of an elephant. The gracefulness of a swan. French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Carnival of the Animals” is a playful musical suite that takes listeners on an adventure of the senses. In an exciting collaboration with the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Poetry Center student poets will join the Grant Park Orchestra and read poems inspired by the fourteen movements in “Carnival of the Animals.” Led by guest conductor Norman Huynh, this family-night concert will blend poetry and music for a night to remember.


We invite you to join us on Wednesday, August 11th from 6:30 PM – 8 PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Purchase ticketed seats or learn about free lawn seating at the Grant Park Music Festival’s website. Can’t make it to the concert? Watch or listen to it live on 98.7WFMT or wfmt.com.

Next Up: Poetry at SummerDance!

Join the Chicago Poetry Center for workshops and performances

SummerDance Englewood
Ogden Park, August 25th
6500 S. Racine
SummerDance Roseland/Pullman
Palmer Park, August 25th
201 E. 111th St.



“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.