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Announcing the WCPA Rain Poems: “A Walk in the Woo 2023”
The Worcester County Poetry Association is pleased to announce that the thirteen poems selected from their 2023 Call for Poems: “A Walk in the Woo” have been successfully painted around the city of Worcester. A team of volunteers and many of the poets themselves came together September 30th and October 1st, 2023 to prepare stencils and paint the poems around the city. A map of the poems’ locations and the poems themselves can be read at worcestercountypoetry.org/a-walk-in-the-woo/. Be sure to check out these poems whenever it rains and please save the date for our Rain Poems 2023 poetry reading open to the public on Sunday, February 26th at the JMAC PopUp at 20 Franklin St. from 2-4pm.
2023 Rain Poets, in no particular order
Evan Plante with “Staying Power”
Gertrude Malesi with “[Hatua za Wwenyeji]” (Swahili for “A gait that belongs”)
Jan Davini with “[The city beats in my heart]”
Aidan Brueckner with “Phantom Limb Syndrome”
Mark Wagner with “Flying Out of Worcester”
Laura DiCaronimo with “Hot Drops”
Chloe Mascitelli with “[The world feels lightest in Worcester]”
John Zywar with “Indian Lake”
Daniel Gregoire with “Worcester Time”
Lisa Knight with “Rain Magic”
Paul Szlosek with “[When Worcester was Worchester]”
David Ginsburg with “Forever Worcester”
Emily Haley with “History”
2023 Rain Poetry Honorable Mentions
John Zywar with “Interlude”
David Ginsburg with “Footsteps”
This years’ judges included Oliver de la Paz, Poet Laureate, City of Worcester; Vanessa Gonzalez-Oyola, Clemente Alumnus; Natalia Botero, Clark Student, and Katherine Gregoire, WCPA Board Member.
The poems were painted using Rainworks invisible spray, a paint that is only visible when wet. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and check out these poems when the rain begins to fall. The paint will begin to fade in a few months. This is the third year of the WCPA’s Rain Poetry Project.
About the Worcester County Poetry Association
The Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA) was founded in 1971 with a threefold mission: celebrate the rich literary history and creative energy of Central Massachusetts through public readings, workshops, festivals, scholarly conferences, and other programs; support the publication of the literary journal, The Worcester Review; and collaborate with libraries, bookstores, colleges and universities, museums, churches, schools, community centers, businesses and a variety of cultural organizations to promote poetry events. The WCPA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
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