West Pearl Poetry

The City of Boulder Downtown/University Hill Management Division and the Office of Arts & Cultural Services request submissions of poetry for a public project associated with the West Pearl Street streetscape improvement.

Poets from Boulder County are encouraged to submit their short-format poem on the following theme:

The Streets of Our City: Whisper in my ear what the locals love about urban life in Boulder.

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A selection panel will identify the top six to eight poems, which will be fabricated in metal and placed on the new way-finding totems that will be installed on West Pearl Street in the coming year. Finalists will also receive a commemoration of their award and an honorarium.

The finalists and runners up may be invited to participate in the publication of a book, a live poetry reading, and other events.

Local businesses on West Pearl Street may sponsor additional awards.


The submission must have no more than 130 characters including spaces.

Only one submission per person will be accepted.

The work will be displayed in a public setting. No profanity, hateful language, violent narratives, or advocating of a single political or religious viewpoint over others will be accepted.

Entrants must:

  • Reside, work, or go to school in Boulder County.
  • Submit in one of the following categories: 1) Children/Youth 2) Amateur 3) Professional
  • Comply with the terms of the use agreement.

We encourage submissions in English or any other language. If you submit a work in a language other than English, please provide a translation.


Complete the application/use agreement.  Your poem will be typed directly into the online form.  If your submission requires additional formatting not permitted by the form, you may email a PDF version in addition to your online entry to the email address below.

For questions, please contact  BertoneK@boulderlibrary.org or ChasanskyM@boulderlibrary.org.

Deadline: August 24, 2014 at midnight.