A new temporary written word project, “Poetry on the Pavement,” is taking place this spring and summer. Short poems are going to appear on sidewalks and pedestrian paths throughout the City of Norfolk.
Anyone, of any age who lives, works, or goes to school in Norfolk is eligible to submit up to 3 poems. Poets will be paid $150 for each poem chosen. Luisa Igloria from Old Dominion University and the Poet Laureate of Virginia, leads the selection committee of writers and members of the Arts and Humanities Commission and the Public Arts Commission. The selection committee will choose approximately 20 poems. The poems will be stenciled on public sidewalks and pedestrian paths throughout the city.
Poetry must be short, up to 150 characters including title, not counting spaces or punctuation. Maximum of 18 characters per line, plus 15 characters for poet’s name or pen name. Poems should be original, new work. Poems must be submitted by Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. There is no fee to apply. Selections will be announced in May 2021 and installed Summer 2021.