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Residents are Encouraged to Submit Original Poems for the Art in Public Places’ Second Annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest

Post Date:11/27/2018 6:08 PM

The City of Monrovia residents are encouraged to submit original poems for the Art in Public Places’ second annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.

The contest is open to all Monrovia residents and will end on Dec. 31.  As part of the Monrovia Renewal Project, the City will stamp the winning poems into newly poured sections of sidewalk. Poems are placed randomly to create an “element of surprise” for pedestrians.

“The sidewalk poems are such a pleasant surprise when taking a stroll around town,” said Tom Adams, committee member of Arts in Public Places. “It adds extra charm to an already delightful neighborhood.”

Many of 2018's winning poems have already been stamped on various sidewalks. The 2018 Sidewalk Poetry Contest winners include: 

  • Kai Armstrong (age 15)
  • Kathee Henigan Bautista
  • Juliette Fang (age 10) 
  • Paula Gemme 
  • Rhia Hernandez 
  • Megan Lundgren 
  • Gayle Montgomery 
  • Annette Simpson 
  • Carol Steiner 
  • John Vorhaus

Applications for the contest can be found on the City’s webpage. If you have any questions regarding the Sidewalk Poetry Contest, contact Ariel Tolefree-Williams by calling (626) 932-5563 or emailing at

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