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 2020 are now closed. Please check back in November 2020 regarding submission process for 2021. Submissions will be accepted until February 5, 2021.
Featured Poems are also archived below.
For more selected poems from previous years, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.