New Partnership with Innovation 80

The Chicago Poetry Center is thrilled to announce a partnership with Innovation 80, a foundation that encourages and funds innovative programs that use the arts to engage and support underserved populations in Chicago. Innovation 80 acts as a catalyst to foster arts-based programs that build life skills including self-confidence, creativity, teamwork, and persistence.

Through the Innovation 80 Early Readers Pilot, CPC will develop and launch a 10-session curriculum for pre-readers that maintains our pedagogical approach and adapts aspects of the existing curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways. This work will expand the reach of our residency programs to first grade as well as provide key support to our Poets in Residence working with students experiencing literacy challenges in second and third grades.



“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.