Poetry residencies are in full swing
with new and returning partner schools
Fall has been a busy season for our Poets in Residence as they’ve launched In-School and After-School Poetry Residencies with the Chicago Poetry Center’s new and returning school partners. We’re excited to welcome back six schools from our 2020-21 residency season and bring poetry to an additional eight new partner schools (and counting) for the very first time.
After a year of remote residencies, Ms. Pannell’s fifth grade students at Avondale-Logandale Elementary are enjoying in-person poetry lessons with Poet in Residence Luis Tubens. As a poet who writes and performs in both English and Spanish, Luis is passionate about bilingual education. He considers working with Ms. Pannell’s bilingual classroom “the perfect opportunity to expose the students to another world of literature from Spanish speaking communities both here in the United States and in Latin America.” The result? “The students are able to grasps concepts like similes, metaphors, and alliteration more efficiently,” Luis says.
While learning literacy skills and poetic devices is a cornerstone of our poetry residencies, our work in schools wouldn’t be complete without relationship-building and confidence-building. Social-emotional learning continues to be a critical part of the lessons our Poets in Residence deliver.
Fullamusu Bangura teaches an after-school residency for 6th-8th grade students at Hale Elementary, one of CPC’s new school partners. She explains, “I have loved watching my students go from nervously stepping up for open mics to jumping up to freestyle on our karaoke mic. They are truly a comical bunch, but we balance out our humor with tender moments when we write about our favorite stuffed animals or our love for My Chemical Romance lyrics.”
We’re Back: In-School Pop Up Assemblies Resume!
For our after school poetry residencies, we like to kick things off with a school-wide Pop Up Poetry Assembly. These events feature three poets performing original works of poetry, sharing the legacy of slam poetry in Chicago, and writing poems on the spot, inspired by students in the room.
These assemblies give students a chance to get excited about poems and meet the Poets in Residence they’ll work with during their school’s poetry residencies.
Our first pop up of the season took place at Hale Elementary. Poets Fullamusu Bangura, Crystal Vance Guerra, and Luis Tubens took the stage and encouraged students to sign up to read, write, and perform poetry after school.
Our annual fundraiser launches in two weeks!
Donate to support our school programs across Chicago and receive a ticket to our virtual night of celebration: No Love For Love. Donations can be bundled by a group of people to fund a full residency for the following school year. (Check out this year’s named residencies.)
Don’t forget to save the date! No Love For Love: Feb 10, 2022.
Blue Hour reading series and writing workshop
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