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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.


Selected poems

2021

Poetry in Public 2021 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2021 student poetry

2020

Poetry in Public 2020 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2020 student poetry--not processed due to COVID-19 pandemic

2019

Poetry in Public 2019 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2019 student poetry

2018

Poetry in Public 2018 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2018 student poetry

2017

Poetry in Public 2017 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2017 student poetry

Poetry Readings by several 2017 poets

2016

Poetry in Public 2016 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2016 student poetry

2015

Poetry in Public 2015 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2015 student poetry

2014

Poetry in Public 2014 adult poetry

Poetry in Public 2014 student poetry

2013

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.