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.
The 2021 Poetry in Public selected poems are posted below as well as available for viewing all over the community - including inside city buses, at the Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City Recreation Centers and the Johnson County Senior Center. Poems are on display August through the following spring.
The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will be hosting the Poetry in Public Program starting in 2022. Please check their website or contact Rachael Carlson for more information regarding the 2022 schedule for submissions.
Poetry in Public 2020 student poetry--not processed due to COVID-19 pandemic
For more selected poems from previous years, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.