Our Auction is Live! + Vote for CPC in Reader’s Best of Chicago!

Our Silent Auction is Live!

There are two weeks left in our campaign and we are 75% of the way to our goal! Will you help us finish strong?
Our silent auction is now live! We’ve got original artwork by Chicago artists, packs of Chicago poetry collections, writing coach sessions, meditation workshops, theater, sports, and collectibles like a signed first edition of “The 1619 Project” book. In addition to great packages for fun, pampering, enrichment and self-care, we’re also offering two of our programs at a discounted “buy it now” rate for our donors. If you’re looking to get a custom poem created for someone in your life, feature poets at your event, or bring Critical Conversations @ Work to your workplace, now is the time to get a great deal on these programs. Head to our silent auction site and bid on your favorites!

You can also support CPC this season with a direct donation. Head to our donation page to find out the impact of your donation–every contribution makes an impact. And, every donor is invited to our virtual celebration event, No Love for Love: 2022, on Feb 10, 20227-8pm (CST). We’ll be debuting our “Day In Life of a Poet” video featuring Joy Young in her Shoesmith classrooms, check out the teaser here.

CPC Nominated for Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” – Cast Your Vote Today!

Chicago Poetry Center has been nominated for
“Best Poetry Organization” in Chicago!
Category: Arts & Culture
Help us win best of with your vote and spreading the word.

Donations, bids, votes–however you’re supporting us – thank you for being a part of our community, and thank you for all the ways you support the Chicago Poetry Center.
B Metzger Sampson
Executive Director



“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.