Poetry Mural Ribbon Cutting in Douglas Park

This weekend the Chicago Poetry Center celebrated the official ribbon cutting of the North Lawndale Word Play Way Poetry Mural. The winning poem by poet Aniyah Orr Howard was selected by community members, from a set of finalists. Her poem poem is painted down the sidewalk through the playground in Douglas Park, and is a tribute to that park, to the community, and to the young people in it. You can read the poem here, and learn more about each of the finalists here.

Check out some photos of our Saturday in the park!

Aniyah Orr Howard stands at the start of her poem in Douglas Park.

Poet, journalist, and filmmaker, Ariel Walton reads her finalist poem at the ribbon cutting.
Poet and student Jupiter Dandridge reads his finalist poem at the ribbon cutting.
Local UCAN student poetry team is represented by member Brooklyn.
Aniyah Orr Howard reads the winning poem, “Douglas Park” at the ribbon-cutting.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.