Silent Auction closes tonight! 🚀

Help Support Poetry Programs for over 2,500 students!

Big news: it’s the final day of our auction! (Auction closes at 10PM CT!)

We’re excited to be auctioning dozens of great bundles ranging in interest, all generously donated by staff, board members, and board alums! A few highlights:

  • Pair of four-day Lollapalooza passes
  • Great seats to Aida at the Lyric
  • Premium cubs seats and collectibles
  • Delicious dining & city tours
  • Massages & self-care packages
  • Stunning original artworks
  • Creative coaching, workshops, & classes

These are just a few of nearly 50 different packages available to bid on now. Treat yourself, a bestie, or your Valentine–orders will ship in time for V-Day! Check out the full list and bid on your favorites now!

When you support our residencies you support over 2,500 Chicago students with:

  • Building reading and writing skills: students are engaged through play and curiosity while growing their critical learning competencies
  • Supporting social emotional development: students learn to express themselves and connect with the stories of their peers and published poets
  • Guiding creative thinking: students learn key critical thinking and creativity literacy skills through collaboration with Poet in Residence

Every donation makes a difference! To learn more, including  our suggested donation levels and thank you gifts, please visit us here.



“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.