Announcing Winners of 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest


Announcing Winners of 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest

New Poems To Be Imprinted In Cambridge Sidewalks

The City of Cambridge has chosen the winners of the fifth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. These five poems will be imprinted into the fresh concrete of new sidewalks around the city beginning in fall 2019. The winning poems speak about a spring thaw, a meeting with a nightingale, failing to care for the earth, protecting one's younger self, and how we ignore facts about climate change (a theme encouraged in this year's contest).

Emily H. Axelrod
Elijah Seymour Frydman
David Morin
Henry Shull
Jeffrey Walker

Leslie Borden
Evan Frankel
Robin Goodfellow (Puck) Malamud
Susan Twarog
Mary Sullivan Walsh

Learn more about the program and read the 10 winning poems at There you can also find a guide map to the sidewalk poems already imprinted across the city.

The five winners—plus five runners-up—were chosen in March from 96 entries contributed this spring by Cambridge residents, ranging in age from 6 to 86, and hailing from all the neighborhoods of the community. All 10 poets have been invited to read at the Poetry Tent at the 40th annual Cambridge Arts River Festival on June 1, 2019.

Entries were reviewed by a selection committee composed of Cambridge poets, a student from the MassLEAP youth poetry program, past Cambridge Poets Populist, and representatives from Cambridge Public Works, Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Arts.

The Sidewalk Poetry Contest is a collaborative project of the Department of Public Works, Cambridge Arts, and the Cambridge Public Library.