What a busy, vibrant, and exciting year we’ve had at the Chicago Poetry Center! As 2022 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on all of the programs we hosted, the poetry we enjoyed, and the community we shared.
From museums to literary festivals, CPC’s Poets in Residence brought poetry to diverse audiences across the city. With a civic engagement-themed workshop for kids at the Chicago History Museum and an ekphrastic workshop for adults at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, we’ve written poems with community members of all ages. Our readings and performances gathered poets, poetry fans, and the poetry-curious at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest and at events in our new home at Haymarket House.
This school year, we’re excited have Poetry Residencies in 52 classrooms among 23 partner schools (and counting). In their very first lesson, the 8th graders at Washington Elementary wrote inventive poems about magic potions. Inspired by “Our Land” by Langston Hughes, Hale Elementary’s 4th and 5th grade students used words to create their own imaginary lands.
Launched in Fall 2022, Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures, CPC’s video series of poetry lessons for 2nd-5th graders, brings poems into even more classrooms, even ones as far as Tuscany. Read poems from Italian students inspired by Queen Zee and poems from CPC’s Residencies here.
We’re proud of everything we’ve accomplished this year, and we’re grateful for the poets, staff, students, and community members that have helped make it all happen. There’s no doubt that 2023 will bring another fun-filled year of poetry, programs, and more.
January 2023: Blue Hour Returns!
Mark your calendars: the Blue Hour reading and workshop series will be back on January 17th with the first of five monthly events. We’re bringing two poets per month to Haymarket House through May, and each event will included an open mic.
Donate to CPC’s annual fundraising campaign and receive a ticket to No Love for Love, our celebration featuring live performances, custom poems while you wait, poems by students, drinks and bites, and stories of impact from the classroom.