Photo by Kevin Hass
Poetry in the Windows V expands the audience for contemporary poetry by placing poem posters in the windows of local merchants along the central business corridor of Highland Park, Figueroa Street. Poems are printed in English and in translation into one of the languages spoken in our community. One thousand copies of a guide to poster locations were published and distributed by businesses to the public. Poems were displayed from May 31 through June 30, 2003.
Southern California poets were invited to submit three to five poems, none longer than 32 lines. Poets working in other languages were encouraged to submit poems in those languages, if accompanied by an English translation. The three jurors, Paul Lieber, Pireeni Sundaralingnam and Jackson Wheeler, met at The Rose Café in Venice to choose the winners. Fifteen poets were awarded $200 each. Ten honorable mentions received $100.
You can view their poems and posters from the list below.
Poetry on the Walls: This year’s Poetry in the Windows V posters had photographic backgrounds created by AAC members. A number of those photographs, along with a selection of poem posters from Poetry in the Windows I—IV spanning the years 1995 to 2001, were on display at the Collective's gallery space, Collective @ Avenue 50, 135 N. Avenue 50 from May 31 - June 30.
The Arroyo Arts Collective Acknowledgements
The Collective would like to thank every one of the 137 poets who submitted to Poetry in the Windows V. Your continued interest in this project is greatly appreciated.
Thanks also to:
For providing photographs for poster
For translation of the poems:
Project Directors: Suzanne
Lummis and Suzanne Siegel
Poetry in the Windows is a project of the Arroyo Arts Collective in cooperation with the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. Poetry in the Windows V is made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.