Mayor announces kickoff of St. Paul sidewalk poetry contest

Published 9:38 am Monday, September 14, 2015

ST. PAUL — Residents of St. Paul have a chance to see their original poetry immortalized on a city sidewalk.

Mayor Chris Coleman has announced the kickoff of this year’s St. Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest.

Starting today, St. Paul residents can submit short, original poems for a chance to win $100 and see their poem stamped in a sidewalk.

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Coleman said the contest “continues St. Paul’s rich tradition of promoting arts and literature.”

The project was started in 2008. So far, 46 poems are stamped on more than 700 sidewalks citywide.

The contest runs through Oct. 16. Winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at a Readings by Writers event at St. Paul’s University Club. Winning poems will be stamped into a sidewalk next spring.