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Growing Concerns Poetry Collective Workshop!


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Join us for a Poetry Month writing workshop with the Growing Concerns Poetry Collective as part of 826CHI's FRESH INK community series!

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective--a powerhouse trio that features poet McKenzie Chinn, rapper Mykele Deville, and beat maker Jeffrey Michael Austin--fuses lyrical narrative + hip-hop poetry with original music + soundscape to create spoken word performance that is greater than the sum of its parts. The collective released its inaugural album, "We Here: Thank You For Noticing" in August 2017. Their latest anthology, "Five Fifths," published by Candor Arts, interrogates the nature of selfhood, blackness, community, love, ritual, and vulnerability while celebrating perseverance and survival in the face of generational and systemic marginalization.

WHEN // Sunday, April 7th from 2-3:30pm!
WHERE // The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./ 826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave.!
WHO // Teens + adults!
HOW // There's limited availability for non-826CHI students, so make sure to reserve your $10 ticket ASAP! You can register on this page or on our Facebook event page.

Tickets are always free for 826CHI students.

All ticket proceeds benefit 826CHI's free writing programs, which serve over 2,500 students annually.

FRESH INK is a year-long community workshop series whose proceeds benefit the free writing programs at 826CHI. Each workshop is led by seasoned teaching artists. FRESH INK workshops seek to provide a third space to learn and write among writers and artists of all ages and experience levels.

// About 826CHI //

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826CHI shares its space with the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., a store with a not-so-secret mission. Our unique products encourage creative writing, imaginative play, and trigger new adventures for agents of all ages. Every purchase supports 826CHI's free programming, so visit us at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park or online to pick up spy glasses, fake moustaches, our latest student publications, and much more!