F185. Everywhere, A Poem: Poetry as Public Art

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Drawing on inspiring examples from three cities—Buffalo, Miami, and Philadelphia—panelists explore a broad spectrum of public art projects designed to democratize access to poetry by bridging communities and reaching underserved audiences. Projects include: the Outbound Poetry Festival, a collaboration with Amtrak’s 30th Street Station; poems printed on rooftops and beaches; readings in a ninety-year-old abandoned grain elevator; and literary art sculptures in community gardens and public parks.


Barbara Cole is the artistic director of Just Buffalo Literary Center and a 2011 fellow in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Cole received her MA in creative writing from Temple University and her PhD in English, specializing in poetics, from the University at Buffalo.

P. Scott Cunningham is the author of Ya Te Veo and serves as the director of O, Miami, a festival that aims for every single person in Miami to encounter a poem during the month of April, and the executive editor of Jai-Alai Books.

Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight and several chapbooks including Celebrity Dream Poems. He is the education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and curates the Silo City Reading Series, a multimedia poetry series in a 130-foot abandoned grain elevator.

Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and the coeditor of Peace is a Haiku Song. A Cave Canem Fellow (1999–2001), Pew Fellow, and Hedgebrook Writer in Residence, Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006–10). She is currently the third poet laureate of Philadelphia.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center