Submissions open for 2023 Poetry in Public

Poetry in Public celebrates our community’s rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages.

Johnson County residents are invited to submit poems to the 2023 program. Selected poems are posted for viewing all over the community – including inside city buses, at the Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City Recreation Centers and the Johnson County Senior Center.

Please note that if the poem you are submitting has been previously published in a book, magazine, journal, newspaper, or other form, you will need to have permission for the poem to be used in the Poetry in Public Project. It is the poet’s responsibility to get this permission prior to submission.

Poems are limited to 7 lines or less. Deadline to submit is April 1, 2023.

The submission form can be found here.