From the classroom to the stage;

changing the face of poetry in Chicago.

Through CSW’s Poets with Class program, hundreds of students encounter performance poetry for the very first time – transforming what had once simply been words on a page into an opportunity for them to express and expand their voice in the world. CSW’s artistic programming enables Chicago audiences to interact with poetry in new and exciting ways while bringing world renowned poets to local stages. It’s important work and it would not be possible without your help. Ticket sales account for just a small part of CSW’s operating budget. Please consider becoming a Friend of Chicago Slam Works by making a tax deductible contribution. No amount is too small. Any gift makes a big impact.

You have the option to make a one-time gift OR consider
making a monthly contribution for as little as $5/month


Monthly Contribution
One-Time Donation



With a contribution of $25

we’ll give you a shout out on our Facebook page and two tickets to the Uptown Poetry Slam – where Slam was born.

With a contribution of $50

you’ll receive all that above and a special thanks in our next Chicago Slam Works newsletter. 

With a contribution of $100

you’ll receive everything listed above, a pair of tickets to an Ensemble Theatre performance and the Uptown Poetry Slam, a DVD of the 25th Anniversary of Slam Show.

With a contribution of $500

you’ll still receive everything listed in the previous levels and a custom poem celebrating the special occasion, event, or person of your choice and place your name in the programs of our main stage shows for one year.

Become a member of the Poets’ Circle

with a tax deductible gift of $1,000 or more. You’ll receive the kitchen sink: all of the perks of the lower levels, advance notice of ticket sales, invitations to special events and a private writing workshop or live performance in your choice of venue – even your own home!  Donate


Donate by Check! Send it to: Chicago Slam Works: 155 N. Michigan Ave. #500 Chicago, IL 60601

Thank you for supporting Chicago Slam Works and the literary arts in Chicago.