Sidewalk Poetry Project

Submit your poem for a chance to have your words preserved in stone

The Old Town Neighborhood Association was recently awarded a Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant for Sidewalk Poetry. The Sidewalk Poetry project will etch pieces of poetry in three sections of sidewalk in the Old Town neighborhood.

Lake Oswego residents of any age are invited to submit a poem, one per person, to the 2018 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Poems will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of representatives from Old Town Neighborhood Association and the Lake Oswego Arts Council.


  • Poets must be a current resident of Lake Oswego.

  • Poems can be previously published or unpublished, as long as it is original work by the entrant.

  • Poems can be of any type, rhyming or any form, and are limited to a maximum of eight (8) lines of no more than 32 characters (including spaces) per line.  The title line and the author attribution line do not count in the eight lines limit. 

  • The theme and judging criteria are to be the following:  “Appropriate for the neighborhood sidewalk locations, clever and with a joy of living in this community.”

  • Please submit your poem, one per person, to Cyndie Glazer at the Lake Oswego Library, 706 4th Street – bring your submission to the main desk or email it to Cyndie Glazer at  Include your name (you can request that your name not be engraved), phone number, email address, the poem title (no more than 32 characters, if any), your age as of April 15 if you wish to be judged in the under 18 youth category and a very short description of why you entered if you wish to do so. 

  • You must be willing to release all rights to the poem and to read the poem at a ceremony at the Library, if your poem is selected.

  • Deadline for submissions is April 15 (poetry month). 

After poems have been selected, a ceremony will be held at the Library for reading of the poems by the authors.  Engraving and unveiling will be done subsequently. Winners receive the honor of having their words preserved in stone. The proposed siting of the sidewalk poetry are at the corners of Durham and Leonard, Durham and Church and Durham and Wilber.

In addition to supporting local literary artists and providing the public with an enjoyable, inspirational outdoor reading experience, the poetry project fits perfectly with the Old Town neighborhoods’ historic relevance. People from the community walk the neighborhood viewing the historic sites (including the Worker’s Cottage and Iron Furnace), visiting the Little Free Library, and attending events at George Rogers Park.

Please use the application form attached to this site or pick one up at the Lake Oswego Library.