PAUL—Today, the City of Saint Paul announced the opening of the Fifth Annual
Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest.
March 14 to April 13, the contest will award five poets with a $150 cash prize
and publication of their work on sidewalks across Saint Paul.
panel of local poets and writers will choose five winning authors this year.
Including this year’s winning submissions, the collection of sidewalk poetry
will surpass 500 installations of 42 poems. All Saint Paul residents of any age
are eligible to enter the contest. To submit a poem, or to learn more about the
contest rules and guidelines, visit www.stpaul.gov/poetry.
“Five years of
sidewalk poetry is a proud milestone for our city,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.
“Saint Paul has been home to several great writers, including F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, our own Poet Laureate Carol Connolly, and others.
The sidewalk poetry program advances this rich literary tradition, while
incorporating something fun and unexpected into our everyday lives.
Paul’s innovative sidewalk poetry program recently earned a citation from the
American Public Works Association as a “model practice.”
become part of Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk, an innovative work of
conceptual art that re-imagines the city’s sidewalk maintenance program as a
process to publish a city-sized book.
love how the poems are part of people’s everyday lives,” said Marcus Young, City
Artist in Residence and creator of the project. “Poems quietly appear on
sidewalks and create softness within the hardscape built and maintained by the
City. In this imaginative space, Saint Paul residents write their thoughts,
dreams, and stories in poetic form for other residents to come upon and
will be announced on May 15 at Readings by Writers at the University
Club on Summit Avenue, and on the project website on May 16.
Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a
project by Marcus Young, City Artist in Residence. It is made possible with
support from Public Art Saint Paul, the City of Saint Paul’s Public Art
Ordinance Program, Readings by Writers, and the Saint Paul Public Library. This
activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State
Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the
state’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the
vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.