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When we can, we love to collaborate with the other after school programs.  The dance program was asked to prepare an assembly for today, so some of the boys in our Poets with Class […]

The MLK after school program is primarily for the 6th-8th graders but a few 5th graders that are wise beyond their years often join us after school.  Sade, is one of those 5th graders.  […]

Today’s theater games were centered around building trust and communicating with their body language and eye contact.  The youth had to invent situations and gestures that invite another student to collaborate with them on […]

Crane High School slam team (aka Poetic Deviance) took FIRST PLACE at the Louder Than A Bomb Semi-Finals! Next stop FINALS STAGE at the Auditorium Theater on March 18th!   Our Poets with Class after school […]

Chicago Poetry Center is excited to announce that Taisaun Levi from from the Crane High School slam team (aka Poetic Deviance) has advanced to Louder Than A Bomb’s Indy Finals!  The poets that compete […]

It’s official, the Crane High School slam team (aka Poetic Deviance) took 1st Place at the Louder Than A Bomb Quarter Finals! Next stop, Semi-Finals! #GoTeam Semi-Finals will be held on March 10th at The Metro!  […]

Youth Guidance organized a Pop-Up Lunchroom Open Mic to bring students from all of the after school programs together to showcase their work! Crane HS slam team poet, Jonquil, performs a poem called “This […]


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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.