Appleton’s Sidewalk Poetry Program


The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is engaging in a new and exciting venture. The idea (created by Saint Paul’s City Artist in Residence, Marcus Young) is to transform the city’s sidewalks into an open poetry book. By using our current sidewalk maintenance program and stamping poems into sidewalk squares throughout the city, we can create everyday moments of open-air reading for our residents!

2014 will be the pilot project for this program. Sidewalk poetry will only be installed in sidewalks on city-owned property (adjacent to parks, city-owned buildings, etc.). In future years, the goal is to grow the program to include sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout the city.
The Sidewalk Poetry Committee will be responsible for soliciting original poetry from Appleton residents and will select up to 5 poems per year for the City to install as part of the annual Sidewalk Poetry Program. Poems must be submitted by February 1st of each year Selected poems will be announced by March 1st of each year to be included in the program.

All residents of Appleton and students of the Appleton Area School District are eligible to submit their original poetry.
Poems can be previously published or unpublished, as long as it is original work by the entrant.
Applicants may submit one poem per year.
Subject matter must be appropriate for the general public.
Poems must be in English; must fit within a maximum of 10 lines (including title), 40 characters per line including spaces, and 250 characters overall including spaces.
All poems are reviewed for appropriateness for this program.

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