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2015 Events

Annual Party with a Purpose – Bad Poetry Night
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mrs. Murphy & Son’s Irish Bistro

Fundraiser Party Crowd

Fundraiser Party Crowd

Join us and Chicago literary lovers for our annual benefit which supports our scholarship fund.

Help us reach our goal of offering 20 scholarships to literacy and writing tutors at 826CHI and Open Books!

To keep you entertained, we’ll have Chicago luminaries reading some of the worst poetry and oddities we could find, curated by our partner Open Books.

Purchase Tickets

Each ticket includes:

  •    One drink
  •    Appetizers
  •    Silent auction, including gift certificates to some very yummy Chicago establishments, and passes to The 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival
  •    A series of readings dictated by our very own CWC Promptenator 3000*

Emceeing the festivities and bad poetry is Mike Stephen of WGN’s Outside the Loop Radio.

Our readers include:

  •    WBEZ’s Monica Eng
  •    The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson
  •    New Yorker cartoonist and Captain Dad author Pat Byrnes
Fundraiser Silent Auction

Fundraiser Silent Auction

Join us for this evening of fun and groans, while supporting a worthy cause. Attendees are not required to listen to the bad poetry; but we encourage you to do so.

Purchase Tickets

Save $5 when you purchase your tickets by March 15!

*The CWC Promptenator 3000 may or may not be a real machine that matches readers with bad poetry, oddities, and other strange texts that they have never seen before.

Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events.

Chicago Writers Conference is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.