Poetry Center Executive Director serves as Blue Ribbon judge for ICHV youth poetry contest

Our Executive Director, B Sampson, served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Judge for the Annual Student Voices Contest through the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence!

Congratulations to Alejandra Velasco and Morgan Zajac, two poetry winners from Division 2 (5th – 8th grade)! We’re thrilled to encourage the creative expression of young people about struggles in the Chicago community.



“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.