Poetry in Downtown Aurora

Frank Patterson stands next to his poem in downtown Aurora.


In recognition of National Poetry Month, Cultural Creatives, the non-profit group responsible for bringing you the Aurora ArtWalk, is pleased to announce its latest endeavor:  A Celebration of Poetry in Public Spaces.

To celebrate, the City of Aurora, Aurora Downtown, and the Cultural Creatives collaborated to produce a display of poetry in public spaces — specifically four city-owned kiosks located in downtown Aurora and at the Route 59 and Route 25 train stations, as well as additional locations strategically located throughout the city center including: The Terminal Building (Galena and Broadway), The Silverplate Building (Downer and Stolp), the former Waubonsee Community College building (Galena and Stolp),  28 Downer Place and 28 West New York Street. All buildings selected are part of the grassroots Vacant Window Project. Poetry placement was designed to be readily accessible to pedestrians.

The project was inspired by Poems on the Underground in London. The Cultural Creatives group and A-Town Poetics agreed that the project would be well received in Aurora.

A call to writers was made, work was selected by a team of jurors, and nine  over-sized, stylized, posters were produced.All writers currently residing in the Fox Valley region were eligible to submit original poetry.

For more information on the project, to join A-Town Poetics or to get information about submitting work for future poetry exhibitions contact Karen Christensen at kfc16@sbcglobal.net.