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About Poets & Patrons

Poets & Patrons was founded in 1954. It is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting poetry development in the Chicagoland area. It does this through sponsoring and hosting congenial, professional workshops at The Harold Washington Library; running an annual Chicagoland Poetry Contest with modest cash awards for multiple categories; and an annual Awards Banquet. Poets & Patrons is an excellent vehicle for defining your work, meeting with other fine poets for unique critiques, and exploring with others the power of well-crafted verse.

Our members take their poetry rather than themselves seriously.  Our emphasis is on growth of understanding and craft. We support and learn from each other's work. Membership is open to anyone who supports our mission.