Donate to the Poetry Center on #GivingTuesday (That’s Today!)

Show your support on #GivingTuesday!

This Tuesday, be thankful for poetry in schools, for creative literacy opportunities in underserved communities and for lines like these from our students:

I’m from the city lights / Streaming out in the night / And huge skyscrapers / Towering over the lake
– Melissa E., 7th Grade Poet

Are you big like the Sears Tower / Or are you small like a little doctor?
-Yuisa A., 4th Grade Poet

We encourage you to kick off your season of giving with a donation to the Poetry Center of Chicago on this Giving Tuesday. All of your donation will go towards supporting the Hands On Stanzas program.

How does Hands On Stanzas work? Chicago teaching poets are placed in Chicago Public Schools for twenty week residencies with a few classes in the school–generally they stay with their class October through April, and so have the chance to develop relationships and build students’ skills and confidence with genuine impact. The program works on two models: Subscriber schools pay an affordable rate to bring the program into their school and Scholarship schools are awarded a residency at no cost–this ensure that poetry and creative literacy opportunities exist where they are needed most. Hands On Stanzas students show exceptional improvement in reading, writing, and general academic confidence over the course of a residency. Our program makes a difference throughout Chicago, while also providing paid teaching opportunities for Chicago Poets.

And so! The Poetry Center is pleased to join the growing national #GivingTuesday and local #ILGiveBig Campaign. Today #GivingTuesdays asks us to support causes we care about. Please consider supporting the Poetry Center of Chicago on this #GivingTuesday!

Donate directly to us by clicking the red DONATE button here:

Please consider making your donation monthly by clicking the “Make this recurring” box on the donation form. Monthly donations significantly increase the impact of your gift on our community.

This holiday season we are thankful for you: our community, our supporters. Thank you.

"Thank you for your time. I will see you next day." - A note from a Hands On Stanzas student to her Poet In Residence
“Thank you for your time. I will see you next day.” – A note from a Hands On Stanzas student to her Poet In Residence



“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.