Summer Poetry Gathering: Recap!

On July 20, The Chicago Poetry Center had the wonderful opportunity to host our Summer Poetry Gathering! The gathering was the first of many events to come at Haymarket House, our official new home.


During the gathering, we heard poetry from Adrian Matejka, the new editor of Poetry magazine, along with some of our very own Poets In Residence including Fullamusu Bangura, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Joy Young, Larry Dean, Isaac Ginsburg Miller, Timothy David Rey, and Tarnynon Onumonu. The performance brought together a diverse assemblage of poetic styles and topics that made the space come even more alive.


The performances were only the first half of the festivities that evening!

After the performances, audience members and attendees had the opportunity to meet Adrian, purchase his books Somebody Else Sold The World and Maggot Brain, and have him sign the books. Attendees continued to connect with each other and the Poets In Residence as festivities shifted to Haymarket’s backyard outdoor space, where light snacks and drinks were being served, courtesy of Revolution Brewing and Wintrust.


Weren’t able to attend the gathering? We fully livestreamed the event on YouTube, and that livestream is available to watch here!

For more wonderful photos of the event, make sure to check Joshua Tatro’s photos down below! Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us on this evening of poetry performances, community building, and celebrations!



The mission of the Chicago Poetry Center is to connect people with poetry, equitably engage poets with communities, and foster creativity and literacy in schools. We envision a world where poetry catalyzes reflection, connection, and change.

Since the Chicago Poetry Center’s first readings took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1975, the Poetry Center has been a mainstay of Chicago’s cultural scene. Free public readings continue to be offered monthly in virtual and physical formats. Over 325 poets have participated in public readings, and a digital archive of their work is available on the Poetry Center website. The expansive archive also serves as the basis of a digital module for teaching poetry, which was recently developed by the Center’s Executive Director and is available at no cost to teachers.



“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.