Stamped poem in Saint Paul Sidewalk that reads: I don't know enough / about balance to tell you / how to do it / I think, though, / it's in the trying / and the letting go / that the scales measuring / right and wrong - quiver / and stand still

Once construction season begins, we'll be inscribing new sidewalk panels with poems from our current archive, and hopefully winners of the 2021 Sidewalk Poetry Contest, as part of our 2021 sidewalk replacement program.

In 2021, the City of Saint Paul, in partnership with Public Art Saint Paul, is hosting a Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Writers who live in Saint Paul can submit poems for the chance to have them stamped into city residential sidewalks starting this summer.

The 2021 Sidewalk Poetry Contest will accept submissions from new, emerging or professional writers of any age. Winning writers will receive a small prize and will have their poems stamped into city residential sidewalks starting this summer. Submissions in four non-English languages will be accepted this year: Dakota, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, reflecting the diversity of Saint Paul. Writers who submit in one of these languages will be asked to include its English translation also. 

Poetry entries will be accepted March 22-April 25, 2021.

For more information or to submit a poem, please visit Public Art Saint Paul at

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Last Edited: May 5, 2021