Programs Spotlight: No Love for Love and Poetry Out Loud Recap

No Love for Love 2023 is in the books

Thanks to Chicago Poetry Center’s donors, friends, and community members, this year’s No Love for Love was truly a night to remember. With your help, we met our fundraising goal of $90,000, which supports 30 classroom residencies. We’re grateful to everyone who partied with us at our sold out event at Haymarket House, and to all those who bid on silent auction items from home or were celebrating with us in spirit.

Luis Tubens wowed attendees with a love poem about music and dance. (Photo: Sophia Guadalupe)

Special thanks to Poems While You Wait for crafting impromptu poems for guests all night and DJ CashEra for keeping the party lively and the dancefloor busy. Cooking Ovation provided tasty bites, and Glitter Guts made sure everyone looked fabulous in the photobooth. Four CPC Poets in Residence treated attendees to readings and performances about love for friends, love for that special someone, love for oneself, and even love for a school lunch lady.

Poets in Residence Fullamusu Bangura and Joy Young hit the dance floor in style. (Photo: Sophia Guadalupe)

We hope you’ll celebrate with the Chicago Poetry Center again soon. In the meantime, don’t be a stranger! Visit our website to see more photos from the event, learn more about our education programs, or find a reading or workshop to attend.

Looking for your photobooth pics from NLFL?

Helene Achanzar, Director of Programs, and guests strike a pose at the NLFL photobooth. (Photo: GlitterGuts)

Find your shots and scroll through to relive all the fun at Glitter Guts, where you can download your photo or order a high-res print.

Congrats to all Poetry Out Loud participants!

High school students stand on stage as they participate in the Poetry Out Loud state competition.
This month, fifteen high school students from the city and suburbs gathered at the Poetry Foundation to where they’ll illuminate the stage with poetry recitations for a chance to advance to the Poetry Out Loud state competition. CPC’s Poets in Residence served as contest judges, watching attentively and listening for accuracy.

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Chicago and Chicagoland Poetry Out Loud competitions, each already winners at their respective schools. Best of luck to those competing in the next round!

Arts Education Programming Made Possible with Support by our Partners:




“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.