Easton Main Street Initiative seeks poets for newest art installation series.

Easton Main Street Initiative’s (EMSI) volunteer-driven Design Committee is continuing artistic beautification efforts in Downtown Easton.  EMSI is beginning a series of back door art installations that will bring short, original poems to the City’s core. EMSI is currently looking for local writers to submit their poems for consideration. Authors of the three chosen poems will each receive an honorarium of $100. EMSI volunteers will be installing the poems through the fall.

Three local property owners have agreed to offer their doors as the sites for publication of short original poems that follow these guidelines:

  • Maximum length = 32 words or 8 lines
  • No minimum length
  • Poems submitted must be original work and legible
  • Free verse and formal poems welcome
  • No more than 2 poems submitted by any one author
  • Poems need not be in English only
  • Provide clear contact information for the author, preferably email

The three door locations are:

london-shop_adj-225x300DC Dancewear, 423 Northampton Street; door is located at rear of building, seen from Church Street (please note: this is the old location of the London Shop, hence the sign)
Dimensions: 35 1/2″ wide x 78 1/2″ high,one window 8″ wide x 23″ high



London Shop, 339 Northampton Street; door is located at rear of building, seen from Church Street
Dimensions: 82″ wide x 71″ high


americanprinting_adj-225x300American Printing, 201 Northampton Street; door is located along the side of building, seen from North Second Street
Dimensions: 31″ wide x 73″ high, one window 13″ wide x 13″ high


“There is something magical about this form of publication–not inside the covers of a book, but in public, where all have access to the poem. People can read it closely, unmediated by critics’ opinions or teachers’ tests. The poem is out there in our city, saying this place values the arts. The poem is there to meet the passerby, and feeling is a welcome response to the poem,” commented committee volunteer and poet, Beth Seetch.

All poems must be submitted by Monday, October 3rd, 2016, for consideration. The full guidelines and secured door locations can be viewed at www.eastonmainstreet.org/doorpoems. Additional questions, or email submissions can be sent to eastonmurals@eastonpartnership.org.

For more information on the Easton Main Street Initiative organization, visit us online at www.EastonMainStreet.org.