Sep 21st 2022

The Chicago Poetry Center presents BLUE HOUR, a free, public monthly in-person reading series and generative writing workshop.

Blue Hour is officially back in-person for its return this season! Each event takes place at Haymarket House (800 W. Buena) and features two readers from Chicago and beyond, preceded by a limited-space workshop that includes a guided generative writing practice.

2022-2023 Season Schedule Preview:
September 21: Faylita Hicks and Hila Ratzabi
October 18: Willie X. Lin and Dipika Mukherjee (co-sponsored by Kundiman Midwest)
November 16: Carlos Cumpián and Jennifer Scappettone
January 17: Kemi Alabi
February 15: Natasha Mijares
March 15: D. Santina Ruiz
April 19: Maya Pindyck
May 17: CM Burroughs

About the Workshop:
The Blue Hour generative writing workshop begins promptly at 6 p.m., ends at 7 p.m., and is designed for writers and poetry fans of all levels. Each workshop includes discussion of a poem by one of the night’s featured readers, followed by guided individual writing using an exploratory prompt that draws on themes from the poem. Registration is required, and the workshop is sliding scale with a suggested donation of $10.

To register for the workshop on September 21, visit for more details.

About the Reading:
The Blue Hour reading features readings by two poets from Chicago and beyond. Pre-registration is free and recommended. The event begins at 7:30, followed by community gathering time.

To register for the reading session on September 21, for more details.

About the Space:
Haymarket House is a community space in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood committed to uplifting the work of writers, artists, thinkers, activists, and educators who are committed to all struggles for a better world. The space is fully wheelchair-accessible, masks are currently required for all indoor events, and the space is equipped with a professional air filtration system. In addition, there will be an ASL interpreter for the reading portion of the night. Please direct any accessibility or safety questions to

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