www.crossinglimits.org

www.crossinglimits.org

Every day, thousands of people use public transit to commute, it is a point of connection uniting riders for a short moment in time. Offering a unique common ground for “strangers” to learn and share through storytelling. We're delighted to announce our latest project, I Too, Am Pittsburgh” a community poetry exhibit, which utilizes the public transit system as a mobile creative space highlighting imagination, civic engagement and the importance of crossing imaginary and perceived divides.

In partnership with Port Authority of Allegheny County, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh we invite writers of all ages and experience levels to submit original poetry surrounding ideas of home and belonging. Tell us about your community, your neighbor’s, your dreams for the city you call home. The world is profoundly shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind. Poetry is a vehicle for individual expression, and a tool for honest dialogue through which we can promote deeper understanding and allyship in service towards a more just and compassionate society. We believe in the power of words and the principle that human-to-human interaction can transform the world.

Share Your Story With Us!

We invite you to attend a free creative writing workshop and contribute an original poem related to the theme” Home”, submissions will be accepted through May 20, 2019. Selected poems will displayed inside Port Authority buses and illustrated by youth artist from the Shuman Center facilitated by our community parter Florida Recycled a creative arts program supporting at risk populations and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, who will graciously supply art materials for all participating youth artist. In addition, selected poets will be invited to share their poem during our public launch celebration.

Submissions Open For I Too, Am Pittsburgh

Guidlines:

  • Contestant must live in Pittsburgh or within Allegheny County

  • Submit one unpublished, original poem.

  • Limit poem to 5 lines (excluding title), with no more than 50 words. Poems exceeding word count will not be accepted.

  • Include your name, neighborhood and contact information

  • Use (Poetry Submission and your last name) in the subject line of your email

  • Include a brief third-person biography – no more than 140 words

  • Include  submission as a (.doc or .docx) or PDF attachment

  • There is no submissions fee

  • Audio and translated poems are welcomed

  • Deadline May 20, 2019, poems will be accepted until (midnight)

Themes to inspire your submission: home, belonging, migration, identity, solidarity, peace, collective work, neighbors, humanity, crossing divides

Questions? E-mail: itooampittsburgh@gmail.com

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You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart. -Carol Ann Duffy, Poet

Join us as we explore the power of language and community in a series of six free creative writing workshops in conjunction with I Too, Am Pittsburgh” a community poetry exhibit, which utilizes the public transit system as a mobile creative space highlighting imagination.

Each session will use prompts to explore writing techniques, and the history of poetry as a tool for creative expression, understanding, and communal storytelling. We welcome writers of all ages and levels of experience, to join us in crafting poems highlighting community, identity, possibility, and ideas of home.

Attend A Workshop. Write  A Poem!

All workshops are free and open to the public in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


March 23, 2019 East Liberty Public Library (2-4 p.m.)

April 6, 2019 Braddock Public Library (2-4 p.m.)

April 20, 2019 White Oak Public Library (2-4 p.m.)

May 4, 2019   Sheraden Public Library (2-4 p.m.)

May 18, 2019 North Side Public Library (2-4 p.m.)