Poetry in Sidewalks

2021 Call for Poetry

The City of St. Cloud is requesting original short poems to be stamped into new sidewalks.  Poets of all ages and experience are invited to submit original short poems that are no more than 240 characters in length.  Three poems will be selected and each poet will receive $100. The deadline for entry is: Friday, April 30, 2021

  • All St. Cloud residents are eligible to submit poetry. Residents may submit up to 2 original poems
  • Poems may be no more than 6 lines, 40 characters each line
  • Poems must be original work by the entrant and appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • All entries will be reviewed in a blind jury process

Selected poems will be posted on this website on Monday, May 17 at 2pm.

In 2012, the St. Cloud Arts Commission, along with the Community Development Division, implemented a program to coincide with annual City sidewalk repair. The St. Cloud Community Poetry in Sidewalks is modeled after 'Everyday Poems for City Sidewalks' created by artist Marcus Young for the City of St. Paul.

Each year, St. Cloud community members are asked to submit poems to be stamped into City sidewalks. From those submissions, 5-6 poems are selected to be made into sidewalk stamps. The poems are stamped into new sidewalks in various neighborhoods. The stamp lasts through the lifetime of the sidewalk and is ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliant. Poetry in Sidewalks is funded wholly by the Arts Commission.

Poetry in Sidewalks Story Map

Poetry in Sidewalks Storymap
  1. 2016
  2. 2015
  3. 2014
  4. 2013
  5. 2012

2016 Selections

Stamp locations to be determined.

  • I'm not just pavement.
    I am the runway for children's bikes,
    The canvas for chalk drawings,
    I am your pathway.
    by Mariah Gordon
  • Be courageous as you follow your path
    Be kind to others and be sure to laugh
    For life passes faster as we get old
    So protect that child inside of your soul
    by Leah Stice
  • Here
    by Lisa Henning
  • A poem in your pocket
    art in your heart
    a secret in your locket
    a step makes a start
    by Jacqueline Brooks-Yer
  • As your stroll upon this path
    Share your smile and
    Share your laugh!
    by Leah Stice