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Dear Poet

April 6th—

In honor of ‪National Poetry Month‬, our students have been penning letters to poets as part of The Academy of American Poets' ‪‎Dear Poet‬ project.

7th grader Espy is on round three of editing her letter to poet Jane Hirshfield. She's adding more questions for Jane, as well as details about how the poem Three Foxes at the Edge of the Field at Twilight connects to her life.

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“This Could Go On For Centuries”

April 4th—

Underwater donut shops, shapeshifting mermaids, teacup pigs that yell in unison, popcorn-obsessed rap stars... Our tutoring students' forthcoming chapbook, This Could Go On For Centuries, has it all!

Join us on Thursday, April 14th, from 4:45 - 6pm as these 1st-through-8th-graders read before a rapt audience—some for the very first time. We’ll enjoy food and drinks (please bring something to share!) but, most importantly, will fill the room with raucous applause for our student-authors.

Cover design by the incomparable Kelsey Zigmund. RSVP on our Facebook page >>

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Register for Summer Programming

April 1st—

Registration is now open for our summer program offerings! Visit THIS webpage to register via Google Form, or click HERE to access a printable PDF. Registration closes on Monday, April 25th. You will be notified of your registration status in early May.

>> Elementary School Writers Camp
>> Middle School Writers Camp
>> High School Writers Camp
>> Eat Your Words - Local eatery-inspired food writing
>> The Rest Is Noise - Pitchfork Music Festival-inspired music writing 
>> Word Lab - Art and writing intensive for English Language Learners

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Ladan Osman at 826CHI

March 31st—

In addition to graciously agreeing to write the foreword to our Youth Advisory Board's upcoming chapbook, poet-slash-teacher Ladan Osman returned to 826CHI to lead a writing workshop with our YAB students.

She began with an inspiring exercise, in which students recounted the most beautiful moments in their lives so far while remaining connected to a single strand of twine. She highlighted the importance of being part of a writing community, noting the freedom that artistic solidarity can provide for young writers.

Our Youth Advisory Board's chapbook (title TBD) will be released on Monday, June 6th from 6:30-8pm at 826CHI. Free and open to the public!

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What’s on Your Chicago Bucket List?

March 26th—

We made #85 in Molly Page's new book, 100 Things To Do In Chicago Before You Die! Stop by our Secret Agent Supply to scope out the other 99 spots and pick up a copy of your own.

Molly will be signing copies / hotly debating the city's best taco joints from 1-4pm on Saturday, May 14th; free and open to the public.

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