Gary Poetry Project

A year-long celebration of Poetry in Gary, IN

We started the Gary Poetry Project with the hope of creating a collaborative, city-wide poem. We will be conducting pop-up poetry workshops in schools and at community events which will introduce students and residents to the history of poetry in Gary. The workshop leaders will be local poets. Students will be asked to consider and reflect on their environment in the creation of their own poem. From each poem, participants will choose their favorite line to be included in a community poem.

Students will be given a Zine/booklet of poems by Gary poets as a way to connect them with the rich cultural history of Gary and as a token of our appreciation for participating in the project.

We plan to collect over 1,000 lines of poetry which will then be realized as a work of public sculpture at a community space that is being developed by the Calumet Artist Residency.
If you would like to be a part of this project, please fill out our form below.

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