Love in the Street

Louisville Metro Government together with the Commission on Public Art is seeking submissions from emerging and professional poets for Love in the Street. 
Louisville residents can submit original poems for a chance to earn a $100 stipend and have their poem stamped into a city sidewalk on 4th Street. 
Love in the Street is a project by local poet and artist Lance Newman to curate a selection of poems by local poets and stamp them in a newly laid concrete sidewalk on 4th Street, between Chestnut and Broadway. The sidewalk stamps will be implemented through a public infrastructure project in 2018. 
Love in the Street poems will be place-based and adhere to a theme of "Love and Admiration." Poets are asked to consider the existence of love in their city. How did they first fall in love with the city of Louisville? Their answers will be poetic summarizations of the admiration they have for the city and the places that mean the most to them. Whether deeply abstract or satirically literal, Love in the Street supports the writing prowess of Louisville residents while simultaneously providing a collective public artwork built into the streetscape.
Love in the Street reminds our citizens and visitors alike that love is a universal concept and a love for the place where you live is inherent in our lives. The experience will remind us that artists living in our city can influence and affect compassion. Love in The Street inspires the writer within us all and fosters admiration for the poet and city alike.
Love in the Street poems will be selected by Newman, working in collaboration with the Commission on Public Art and Louisville Metro Government. Up to 20 poems will be selected for the project.
Submission guidelines:
  • You must be a resident of Louisville/Jefferson County. All residents of any age are eligible. Poems may be submitted by individual poets or a collaborative.  
  • Each applicant is required to submit one poem. Up to three submissions is optional. Text and subject matter must be appropriate for the general public. Poems may be written in any language but an English translation is needed for review. Poems must be original work by the applicant.
  • Poems cannot exceed 8 lines, 39 characters per line, including spaces.
  • All entries are reviewed by the lead artist through a blind selection process.
  • Up to 20 selected poets will receive a $100 stipend and installation of their poems in the sidewalk. Poets’ names will be credited on the city website, not in the sidewalk. Some selected poems may receive editing suggestions.
  • The deadline for submissions was November 17

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