We want to extend a huge Thank You to the City of St. Johns for their support on this project and contributing funds to make this possible!!



We are looking for poems that reveal and celebrate the writer’s connection to the artistic, creative and cultural life of St. Johns.

Three poems will be selected and etched in the sidewalk in following locations around St. Johns:

                        ** Train Depot (Clinton Northern Railroad Museum)

                        ** City Park Main Pavilion

                        ** Wilson Center

Individuals may submit up to two (2) poems.


The Sidewalk Poetry Contest is open to all current and former residents of Clinton County.
Character and Length Requirements:
Please use Times Roman, 12 point.
Please set your right and left margins to 2.25 inches each.
Poems should not exceed 20 lines. This count includes title, author’s name, and all blank lines and stanza breaks.

Note: We will strive to honor the original format of the poems, but should the need to alter line breaks and other aspects of formatting according to the needs of production occur, authors will be consulted before final decisions are made.

Poets retain ownership of the work, but the Clinton County Arts Council reserves the right to use reproductions of the work.

How to Submit:
All entries must be submitted through the Submission Form below, one form for each poem. Persons may submit up to two poems.
​Note: Given that this is a projected image, there is SOME flexibility in final size. These recommendations are based on readability and the limitations of the installation process.

Judging will be organized by Debi Daoust, Executive Director for the Clinton County Arts Council, and Poet Laureate of Lansing, Dennis Hinrichsen.
A Ranking Committee consisting of a Regional Poet and two St. Johns community members will read and rank each of the submissions.

The three finalists will be chosen and approved by Debi Daoust and Dennis Hinrichsen, Lansing Poet Laureate.

Submission deadline is August 2, 2019. Winners will be announced August 16, 2019, and final etching will take place in early September, in time for Art Walk!.


Britney DeMello, Ovid
   "Take A Seat"
    to be etched near the City Park Pavilion/Shell

Judy Williams, St. Johns
   "Wilson Center Tribute"
    to be etched in front of the RBWilson Center

Marie Heard, St. Johns
   "Railway Echoes"
    to be etched in front of the Train Depot

Dennis Hinrichsen, Poet Laureate, will be offering FREE Poetry Workshops:

  • June 22nd and 29th
  • 1:00-3:00pm
  • at Deb's Sereni-TEA Lounge
  • ​Please RSVP 989-493-5824

Poetry Submission Deadline - August 2, 2019

Writing a poem is about observing the world within or around you. A poem can be about anything, from love to loss to the rusty gate at the old farm. Consider these three locations as you are writing and being creative!

Such wonderful, amazing history in the St. Johns Railway to be put beautifully into words and etched in the sidewalk for years to come!!