Programs Spotlight: New Home at Haymarket House, Hiring Call, and Poetry Gathering Recap

CPC’s new home for our office and public events

The Chicago Poetry Center is thrilled to announce that on August 1, we officially moved our offices and public programming into Haymarket House at 800 W. Buena Ave.
We held our Summer Poetry Gathering at Haymarket House in July, and we look forward to hosting our monthly Blue Hour reading series and generative writing workshops in our new home starting next month.
Operations & Resource Coordinator Kristina Kim, Executive Director B Metzger Sampson, and Director of Programs Helene Achanzar after an afternoon of unpacking at CPC’s new office at Haymarket House.
While we continue to offer programming all across the city, our operations team primarily operates our day-to-day activities on the South Side of Chicago. Find out more about our move and our mailing address here.
We can’t wait to welcome Chicago’s poetry community for more public programming beginning in September. Stay tuned!

In case you missed it:
Watch CPC’s Summer Poetry Gathering

Our first event at Haymarket House was a night to remember. Filled with inspiring poetry readings and connection-building, the gathering was a celebration of Chicago’s vibrant literary community. Following a reading by Poetry’s new Editor Adrian Matejka and CPC’s Poets in Residence, the party moved outside, where guests caught up with old friends and made new ones. You can watch the archived reading online, check out photos below, or see our full recap post here.
Poet Tarnynon Onumonu reading at our Summer Poetry Gathering. July 20, 2022. Photo by Joshua Tatro.
Adrian Matejka, new editor of Poetry magazine, connecting with attendees. July 20, 2022. Photo by Joshua Tatro.
Adrian Matejka performing in front of the crowd. July 20, 2022. Photo by Joshua Tatro.
Attendees connecting with each other after the poetry performances in Haymarket’s backyard space. July 20, 2022. Photo by Joshua Tatro.

Calling all poetry teaching artists:
We’re hiring!

Hiring Call Poster
Are you poet who loves to teach? Are you an educator with a passion for poetry? Join our team of skilled and dedicated Poets in Residence and become a teaching artist with the Chicago Poetry Center. We’re looking for experienced, enthusiastic poetry instructors for our 2nd-12th grade Poetry Residencies. Applications are due on Sunday, August 28th. We’re hiring multiple candidates for this position, so please share this opportunity widely. Find the full hiring call on our website.

Share your work at our Poetry @ The Green reading series and open mic!

Poetry @ The Green Flyer with Dates and Lineup of Featured Performers

Looking to hear or share some poetry after office hours? Poets in Residence Tarnynon Onumonu and Timothy David Rey host a special reading series and open mics on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Featured poets perform their work at The Green at 320 S. Canal (aka The Green at 320), and after every performance, the open mic welcomes anyone with a poem, song, or story to share. Check out this link for more details and accessibility information.

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“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.