Sidewalk Poetry

Image of Sam Cornish's poem imprinted in the sidewalk in front of Cambridge Community Center.

Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners & Runners-Up 

The City of Cambridge is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the second annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Winning poems written by Cambridge residents will be imprinted in City sidewalks during the fall of 2016. This year’s submissions came from Cambridge citizens from ages 4 to 86 – a wonderful representation of creativity from every neighborhood. Read selected poems

Five Winners:

Susan Blanker
Kelsey Cole
Chris Thibault
Benjamin Tolkin
Molly Lynn Watt

Nine Runners-Up:

Chloe Cunha
Doug Healy
Linda Larson
Hannah Mahoney
Sara Nelson
Cesar Neves
Mary Sullivan Walsh
Vinton Wong
Paul Yager

The Selection Committee:

Kelly Dunn, Department of Public Works
Lillian Hsu, Cambridge Arts
Jean Dany Joachim, poet and past Cambridge Poet Populist
Skye Lavin, Cambridge Public Library
Peter Payack, poet and past Cambridge Poet Populist
Andrine Pierresaint, student, Cambridge Street Upper School
Dan Wuenschel, Cambridge poet

Winners and runners-up will read their entries at the River Festival Poetry Tent (June 4th). 

For more information about this project, please contact Cambridge Arts at 617.349.4380 or e-mail

Sidewalk Poetry in the News

Boston Globe


Cambridge Chronicle