Seeking Teaching Artists for 2015-16

Seeking Teaching Artists for 2015-16
Poets In Residence with the Hands On Stanzas Program

The Poetry Center of Chicago is seeking a new Poet In Residence to teach poetry reading, comprehension, writing, and performance to Chicago Public School students during the 2015-16 academic year.

Qualified applicants will have a strong background as a working poet, will have experience teaching and creating strong lesson plans, and will preferably also have experience working with K – 12 students. Energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for teaching are strongly desired.

Hands on Stanzas places Chicago poets in public school classrooms for 20 week residencies, running October – May. The writing and reading of poetry encourages students to explore how words can convey their own thoughts, visions and emotions. Teaching poetry improves literacy and prepares students to successfully navigate a world that demands creative communication. For more information, please visit the Poetry Center’s website:

Founded in 1974, The Poetry Center is an independent, not-for-profit arts organization committed to building Chicago’s access to poetry through readings, workshops, and arts education. The Poetry Center is currently in residence at the Chicago Cultural Center.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a current CV or resume to:

B Sampson at Subject: PIR 2015-16 Application.



“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.