Newton Community Pride, which sponsors Haiku Newton, announced the winners of this year's contest a few weeks ago.

Congratulations to:

Sarah Berkland, Mark Bernstein, Sebastian Chrobak, Ralph Culver, Julia and Hugh Dun Rappaport, Ravi Kiran, Vandana Parashar, Nancy Gagnon, Margaret Geller, Ellie Goldberg, Linda Goldman, Melinda Gordon, Ayan Gupta, Rachel Hershfang, Warren Kaplan, Rowan Koppenheffer, Jim Krosschell, Kerry Loughman, Chris O’Carroll, Rick Reibstein, Anna Tackie, and Anonymous.

A complete set of the winning poems was displayed on signs in front of the Newton Free Library throughout the month of May. A partial set was installed at the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, and a few signs were displayed at Trio and at the Austin Street Plaza in Newtonville.

For the month of June, signs from the library have been moved to the First Baptist Church, at 88 Beacon Street (first and second photos). Signs from the Boys and Girls Club are now on display at Little Luke's Cafe, 1225 Chestnut Street in Newton Upper Falls (third photo). Signs remain at Trio, 845 Washington Street, and at the Austin Street Plaza in Newtonville.

If you can't view the signs in person, you can enjoy many of the poems below, along with writer bios. More poems will be added in the coming days.

Later in June, we will share an online anthology that includes all the poems we received from a variety of writers including students, Newton neighbors, established writers, and poets who live halfway around the world.

We hope this project helps people experience the delight and beauty of poetry in unexpected ways. We're pleased that several passersby have already told us how inspired and uplifted they felt after seeing the colorful signs and reading the vibrant poems.

Check back soon for more photos and updates.