Beginning Monday, September 14, residents can submit original poems for a chance to win $100 and have their poem stamped into a city sidewalk
SAINT PAUL (Sept. 10, 2015) – Mayor Chris Coleman today announced the kickoff of the Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest, a partnership with Public Art Saint Paul and the Department of Public Works that aims to fill Saint Paul’s streets with poetry. Starting Monday, September 14, Saint Paul residents of all ages can submit short, original poems for the chance to win $100 and have their poem join the 46 others that are stamped in more than 700 sidewalks citywide.
“This program is a great way to inspire art and imagination throughout Saint Paul, particularly for our youth,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “To be surrounded by poetry instills a sense of curiosity, and continues Saint Paul’s rich tradition of promoting arts and literature.”
The contest runs through Friday, October 16, and winners will be announced on November 17, at the Readings by Writers event at the University Club. Each winning poem will be stamped into sidewalk pavement during the spring 2016 construction season. The project, called Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk, was launched in 2008. As of 2014, this ongoing work of art has created a city landscape where approximately 17 percent of Saint Paul land lies within a two-minute walk of a poem.
“Saint Paul is a pioneer in creating art out of the life-sustaining systems of the city, and the Sidewalk Poetry Contest is bringing residents even closer to the process,” said Marcus Young, Public Art Saint Paul City Artist and project creator. “This contest allows Saint Paul residents to express their thoughts, dreams and stories softly within the landscape built and maintained by the city, limited only by their imaginations.”
To enter the contest, or to learn more, visit www.stpaul.gov/poetry. The entry fee is $3.
ABOUT EVERYDAY POEMS FOR CITY SIDEWALK
Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is an ongoing, systems-based work of art that re-imagines Saint Paul’s annual sidewalk maintenance program as an ongoing publishing entity for a city-sized book of poetry. Since 2008, more than 700 poems have been installed from a growing collection of 46, written by Saint Paul residents. Public Art Saint Paul hosts an annual citywide poetry contest to build the collection. Saint Paul’s Poet Laureate Carol Connolly is among the distinguished contest panelists.