I Am A Town
Poetry about our city, by its residents, exploring the meaning of place
Click on each image to read the full text of the poem!
The "I Am A Town" project was created by former Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read, in partnership with Spokane Arts. Read held a series of free community writing workshops on the theme of "place," giving residents of our region a way to write about the locations and places, past or present, most meaningful to them. Following the workshops, Spokane Arts put out a call for any and all community members to submit their own place-based poems. From all the poetry submitted, a jury of poets, art commissioners, and residents selected 13 poems to be used as temporary art in our city. Local graphic designer Danielle Davis designed the text for the stencils, which were cut at Gizmo CDA with the help of their wonderful founders, Marty and Barb Mueller. Spokane Arts sought the permission of the City of Spokane, the Parks department, and individual property & business owners, who were delighted to host these bright, colorful installations. This project was made possible with the support of the Community Building Foundation and many volunteers. We hope you enjoy it!