Sidewalk Poetry

A collage of images from 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest: A completes imprinted slab with a winning poem, a slab being smoothed down, concrete being poured on the sidewalk, and concrete being tamped into place

We are pleased to announce the launch of the third annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest, designed to select poems written by Cambridge residents for imprinting in City sidewalks in 2017.

Cambridge residents of any age are invited to submit one poem of their own work to the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. The inaugural contest attracted over 300 submissions from residents from 4-95 years, demonstrating the ageless appeal of poetry. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Poems will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of representatives from Cambridge Public Works, Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Arts, as well as a former Poet Populist and a Cambridge high school student. Winning poets and runners up will be invited to read at the Poetry Tent at the 39th Cambridge Arts River Festival, June 3, 2017. The Sidewalk Poetry Program is a collaborative project of the Department of Public Works, Cambridge Arts, and the Cambridge Public Library.


Submit Your Poem

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.



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For more information or questions about this project, please contact Cambridge Arts at (617) 349-4380 or e-mail