The library is calling for poem submissions
A recent call for poetry encourages local writers to submit their work to the Oshkosh Public Library for consideration for display on Main Street.
In partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), the Oshkosh Public Library is accepting original poetry submissions until February 28 for judging.
Selected poems will be displayed in Main Street storefronts throughout National Poetry Month as downtown Oshkosh features its first Poetry Walk of April.
Writers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to submit up to four entries to showcase talent from all corners of the community, including UW Oshkosh.
UW Oshkosh Junior Hannah Allen shared her love for writing and sharing her poetry, which flourished through her involvement with her local 4-H club.
“It engages the reader and challenges them to imagine ideas in new and strange ways,” Allen said.
Allen uses poetry as a mode of “thought communication” that allows him to communicate his thoughts in a way that is close and unique to him.
Although Allen has experience seeing his work judged and published at county fairs, the Oshkosh Public Library’s Call for Poetry offers an opportunity for writers looking to expand their audience or even begin to share their work with others.
Sandy Toland, Oshkosh’s Community Engagement Librarian, describes the event as an opportunity for everyone in the community to build confidence by sharing their work.
“Sharing yourself with a wider audience can be daunting, but necessary to move the public conversation forward,” Toland says.
The works selected by the jury at this event will do just that, as they will be exhibited during Oshkosh’s first poetic walk in April.
The idea for the poetic walk was inspired by other story walks in the community and correlates with the addition of Oshkosh’s first Poet Laureate position, held by panel judge Tom Cannon.
“What better way to highlight this new position and add to the national conversation than to host a poetic walk through our neighborhood,” Toland said.
Toland insists that this event is not a contest, but rather a platform to share local voices.
“I encourage everyone to be amazed by adding their voice,” she urges.
Original poetry submissions will be accepted until February 28. Entries may be submitted through the library’s website, at any of the library’s service desks, or by mail to the Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901, ATTN: Sandy T .