The Haiku Newton project debuted last spring, bringing poems on lawn-style signs to various locations in the Garden City. Passersby were surprised and delighted to encounter the haikus in parks or along busy sidewalks.

As word spread on social media about the project, people came from around Greater Boston to see the signs for themselves. Others viewed the poems via short online video tours created by project co-director Grey Held (pictured at right).

Thanks to grants from Newton Community Pride, the Newton Cultural Council, and Mass Cultural Council, which also supported the project last year, Grey and co-director Elizabeth Lund were thrilled to announce the submission period for Haiku Newton 2023 a few weeks. They were also pleased to welcome Greg Fulchino as a co-director.

Now that the submission period has closed, two dozen winning poems will be chosen from the many entries and featured on signs that will travel to several sites in Newton, beginning in early April and into May. A celebratory reading will be held on April 27.

Check back soon for more details as we make poetry “bloom” once again.
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