Donate Today to Support CPC!

Give today to support creative literacy!

All donors receive a ticket to NLFL on Feb 8, 2023!


The Chicago Poetry Center supports 1800 students annually with weekly poetry residency programming in classrooms across Chicago. Our team and our programs are committed to providing this critical support to classrooms across Chicago, whether in-person or online. Our donors make this possible. This season, we’re asking you to invest in students throughout Chicago by supporting the Chicago Poetry Center and our programs, so that together we can create more residencies that promote creative expression and literacy through poetry.

CPC was among the first partners to pivot with CPS and provide meaningful remote content, designed to stretch across the digital divide in the early months of the Covid-19 Pandemic. In School Year 2020-21, CPC brought high quality programming to virtual classrooms and homes across Chicago, providing students with literary and social emotional skill building and a space for their creativity to thrive. This year, we’re back in the classroom with our students, masked up and ready to write in-person!

The Chicago Poetry Center has proven uniquely capable in providing effective creative literacy content and instruction, both in-person or virtually, continuing to make connections with students whether at home or in-person.

With your help, we plan to support 2,000 students next year, in more schools and with new residencies across Chicago. Please take a look at our donor levels at and help us support students and build residencies, and up your impact by working collectively.

Communities can now join together and pool their support towards funding and naming a residency. Donors can include the group name or the name of the organizing person with their donation, and we’ll recognize your community contribution on our website and at our culminating celebration on February 8, No Love For Love: 2023! An invitation to our celebration event is included at any donation level.

Click here to donate to the Chicago Poetry Center
Donations at any level listed on our donor page receive an invite to our annual celebration,
No Love for Love, on February 8, 2023

Update: Now, you can support the Chicago Poetry Center by bidding on any of the 45 amazing bundles in our Silent Auction. A few highlights include:

    • Candle making class for six

    • Customized cooking lessons

    • Salon and spa packages

    • Spend a Cubs game with Wayne Messmer

    • Two pairs of Lollapalooza VIP tickets

Treat yourself to a post-holiday treat or maybe there’s a gift in here that’s just right for your best friend or significant other. Check out the full list and bid on your favorites now!

The Silent Auction is live from Jan 24th to Feb 8th. Bid in small increments or choose the “Buy It Now” option to secure the item in one click!


Special thanks for our event sponsor:



“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.