Poetry Returns to Downtown Aurora

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A large window in the Terminal Building on Galena and Broadway is now home to poetry courtesy of Cultural Creatives.

Downtown is alive with words. Passerby can now enjoy several poems printed on large posters throughout downtown Aurora. 

Cultural Creatives, Inc., the non-profit group responsible for bringing you the Aurora ArtWalk, is pleased to announce its latest endeavor:  A Celebration of Poetry in Public Places in recognition of National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the City of Aurora, Aurora Downtown, and the Cultural Creatives have 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), and 28 Downer Pl. The buildings selected are part of the Vacant Window Project, a grassroots all-volunteer effort supported in part by Aurora Downtown. 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 the project would be well received in Aurora.


A call to writers was made, work was selected by a team of jurors, poems were chosen and seven posters were produced. The following writers have been selected for the 2016 display:

Karen Fullett-Christensen, Aurora; Tricia Marcella Cimera, St. Charles; Sondra Sula, Aurora;

Paula Garrett, Geneva; Kristin LaTour, Aurora; Margo Anderson, Aurora; Frank Patterson, Aurora.

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.