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Located in Champaign-Urbana IL we are committed to building community and strong individual voices through the power and practice of poetry. 

New Year's Big Blogging Resolution

Time to make use of our blog here at CU Poetry. Every Friday we will have a poetry prompt for the week and we will have a closed group on facebook to share our poems in progress and poetry ideas . In addition, we will be sharing interesting poetry stories, ideas and submission opportunities in the blog while posting to a facebook page regularly. How long can we keep up our resolution? 

Mark Tuesdays on your Calendar

Check out our new weekly poetry meetups for January 2015. Please check our Events page or our Meetup page for current times and locations.

Please join us for stimulating discussion, witty banter and as always a great time!


Poetry Workshops


Once a week - every week - we meet in person to workshop and share our own poetry and those from favorite authors as well as discuss poetry related topics and issues

Write for whatever holy thing you believe in, not for your poetry workshop fellows... The main thing is to know that your craving to write is the big thing and will continue, and is more valuable than the finished poem.
— Mary Oliver

Poetry Jams

Bringing poetry and music to the public  -

We are always on the look out for new venues. Performing is not only fun but builds Character - as they used to say, free yourself to speak your heart and mind whatever life throws your way and learn to effectively share your passions with your audience 

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
— John F. Kennedy

Publishing, Outreach and Internet Resources


Although our main focus is and always will be local in person poetry sharing and events, this web site is dedicated to being an online community forum and resource guide for all those brave souls "seeking the richness and diversity of existence"

Calling all poetry lovers - share with us your favorite poetry resources

Share with us your vision and voice


Donations and Volunteering -

Want to donate or volunteer (either in person or on-line) to help us in our mission to improve communities and individuals through our poetry projects. Please Contact Us for more information