Poets & Patrons is a group of
poets who encourage others
to write and appreciate poetry.


Wilda Morris © 2017

Wilda Morris © 2017

Wilda Morris © 2017

Wilda Morris © 2017

Poets & Patrons was founded in 1954. It is 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; facilitating free writing workshops at area museums and outdoor venues (Write! Chicago); 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.

August Workshop

Sonnets are Fun!

August 26, 2017
1–4 pm

Harold Washington Library
400 S State Street, Room 3rd Floor-6N 

Poet Mary Hanford will lead this workshop that explores crafting a sonnet.

Workshop Leader
Mary Hanford is a retired English professor, specializing in literature and creative writing. She is a traveler, due in part to her luck at obtaining three Fulbrights. Mary Hanford has published three books, Holding to the Light (poetry), Dr. Sally’s Voodoo Man (novel), and Swimming at Villa Hugel (memoir) plus about a hundred “loose” publications, mostly poetry.
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Poets & Patrons is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to
supporting poetry development
in the Chicagoland area.




We meet in workshops four times a year and have started a series of meetings called Write! Chicago, where poets gather in a specific Chicago location and write afterwards. The workshops are designed to increase skill in writing both traditional and non-traditional poetry.  We also sponsor 2 contests each year.  Please see our Contest page for more information.

Unless otherwise noted, the workshops will be in room 6-N on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois. 

Poets & Patrons evolved from a common desire to promote a meeting ground for poets and poet enthusiasts in the Chicago area.  Learn more ⟶