Help Us Fund Hands on Stanzas Scholarships!

Our 2nd annual crowdfunding campaign is live!

Will you help us bring poets into Chicago classrooms? Hands On Stanzas scholarships are funded through a combination of grants and personal donations–and that’s why we need your support today!
The Hands On Stanzas scholarship ensures that we can offer residencies at a free and reduced rate so the program reaches where it is needed most. Budget cuts should not mean access cuts–let’s help.
Hands On Stanzas provides paid teaching opportunities to Chicago poets as well as creative, engaged, and playful literacy curriculum to Chicago students. We currently serve over 1,000 students in 16 neighborhoods. Let’s see how many more classrooms we can bring poetry into.
Will you help us spread the word? Campaigns that are at least 25% funded in the first 48 hours are much more likely to not just succeed, but hit stretch goals, too. We’ve got a waiting list of schools that would like to participate in our program–will you help us support them?
We’ve got some great perks to show your our gratitude, including Poetry Center tote bags, gift certificates to Chicago venues and restaurants, and new items rotating in each time a current perk sells out. Visit the campaign page to see what’s available!
Donating and sharing via email and social media are both huge ways to boost the campaign as well. Thank you for your support!



“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.