Sidewalk Poetry Contest

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Announcing the Second Annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest!

In 2018, we started the Sidewalk Poetry contest as a part of the Monrovia Renewal project. The poems could appear anywhere around the city – a wonderful surprise to anyone out for a walk.

The contest is open to all residents of Monrovia—young and old.  Poems must be in English and should not exceed 225 characters, including spaces and punctuation. Poems must be original work by the  entrant and the content must be appropriate for the general public. You may submit two poems for consideration.

How to Participate

Please submit up to two poems with your completed application form.

Deadline: December 31, 2018  

Questions? 

Contact Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626)932-5563 or atolefree@ci.monrovi.ca.us or stop by City Hall (415 S Ivy Avenue) for more information and to submit your poem.


Imagine you are walking along a sidewalk in Monrovia and you come across a poem stamped in the concrete. Now imagine it’s a poem you wrote!

In October 2016, the City Council approved an Art in Public Places program to stamp Monrovia residents' original poems into newly-poured sidewalks all over town. This program will work in conjunction with ongoing sidewalk repair or be incorporated into development projects where new sidewalk panels are installed or replaced.  Since the program follows the repair needs, the poems will be placed randomly to create an “element of surprise” for pedestrians.  While sidewalk installation and repair are an ongoing and sporadic activity, Monrovia Renewal provides an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of this program. Many of  2018's winning poems have already stamped, so keep your eyes peeled when you take your walks - you never know where the next poem will turn up!  

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