Ode to the Zip Code Live Poetry Event on 419 Day

Daily Dose  |  04/18/2017 10:00 am

Your zip code matters. It's not just an address, it's an identity.
The second annual Ode to the Zip Code poetry contest will conclude with a live event on Wednesday, April 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Main Library—McMaster Center. The contest is a partnership of Toledo Fair Housing Center, the Arts Commission, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and Toledo City Paper. This creative opportunity invited participants to submit short poems inspired by their zip code, where the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit in their zip code.
Online submissions were collected and evaluated by a panel of judges, and selected finalists have been invited to participate in the live event. Based on the live readings, the top three poems will be selected at the event and awarded cash prizes. Top entries will also be published in the Toledo City Paper.
The event will also feature an “open mic” session where members of the audience are welcome to create and read impromptu poems.
April is both National Poetry Month and Fair Housing Month. The Ode to the Zip Code event is a fun and creative way to engage the community in talking about where we live and how it affects our experiences. Inspiration for the contest came from the O, Miami Poetry Festival and WLRN-Miami Herald News, the originators of the “zip ode” concept.