Poetry in Public celebrates Iowa City’s rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages. Iowa City is internationally recognized by UNESCO as a City of Literature. 

Poems are available for viewing all over the community - including inside city buses, at the Iowa City Public Library and Iowa City Recreation Centers, as well as many other public facilities. Poems are on display beginning in April, national poetry month, throughout the fall. 

Submissions for 2019 are now closed. Please check back in November 2019 regarding submission process for 2020.  Submissions will be accepted until February 7, 2020.

Featured Poems are also archived below. 

Selected poems


Poetry in Public 2019 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2019 student poetry


Poetry in Public 2018 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2018 student poetry


Poetry in Public 2017 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2017 student poetry

Poetry Readings by several 2017 poets


Poetry in Public 2016 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2016 student poetry


Poetry in Public 2015 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2015 student poetry


Poetry in Public 2014 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2014 student poetry


Poetry in Public 2013 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2013 student poetry

For more selected poems from previous years, please send an email to marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org.