St. Paul, Minn. Saint Paul Public Works announced today the Fourth Annual Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest. The contest is open March 15 through April 17, 2011 and accepts short poems from Saint Paul residents of all ages. Winning poems will be inscribed in sidewalks as part of the City’s annual Sidewalk Replacement program and winning poets receive a cash award. Since the program was inaugurated in 2008, 31 poems have been impressed into 268 sidewalk sites citywide.
City Artist in Residence Marcus Young who created the program observes, “We think nowhere else in the world can the residents of a city publish their poems in a book the size of St. Paul. I encourage all St. Paulites to submit short poems and contribute compelling and beautiful thoughts to the everyday experience of walking our sidewalks.”
Contest entries must be submitted on line at www.stpaul.gov/poetry. For further information about both the contest and the sidewalk poetry project, please visit the city’s sidewalk poetry page at www.stpaul.gov/poetry.
New this year: the Saint Paul Public Library will host a series of workshops led by award-winning poet John Minczeski, who will guide prospective poets through writing exercises, and include tips on creative writing and helpful critique.
A poetry workshops open to all ages will be held Saturday, April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue.
A second poetry workshop open to all ages, and ideally for youth ages 18 and under, will be held Saturday, April 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice Street.
Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a project of Marcus Young, City Artist in Residence and is produced 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.