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How to see your poem in public


JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - Iowa City and Johnson County area residents have just a few days to submit their entries to this year's Poetry in Public, an annual Public Art program that celebrates and recognizes a literary tradition by encouraging all residents to try their hand at writing poetry. The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010.

Entries from all age groups (elementary school students to retirees) and skill levels (casual writers to published poets) will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select poems for public display throughout the community, beginning with National Poetry Month in April. There is no honorarium, but writers whose works are chosen will receive a copy of the poster featuring his or her poem.

Only one poem can be submitted per person, and all entrants must be residents of Johnson County. The poem (not including the title) cannot exceed seven lines. To participate, visit to review the full set of rules and guidelines, and to download a 2010 Poetry in Public Submission Cover Sheet. Submissions without the cover letter should include poet's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and whether the poem has been previously published.

Entries can be submitted by the following methods:


Mail or drop off to:

City Hall

Attn: Marcia Bollinger - Poetry in Public

410 East Washington Street

Iowa City, IA 52240

Be sure to save a copy of your poem for yourself, as entry materials will not be returned.

Poetry in Public Art - the next phase of the Poetry in Public program - will begin after final selections are made by the judges. Introduced last year, Poetry in Public Art will encourage entries of two-dimensional works from visual artists inspired by one of this year's selected poems. Full details of the Poetry in Public Art project should be available on the City's website at no later than February 26, 2010.

For more information, visit or contact Marcia Bollinger, Iowa City Public Art Program Coordinator, at 356-5237.

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