Poetry Leaves 


2018 Sponsors
Suburban Ford of Waterford
Russ's Party Store in Waterford, MI
A&A Insurance Center, Inc., in Waterford, MI
Margaret Birch, Township Treasurer

The purpose of the Poetry Leaves project is to make poetry a part of the everyday lives of Waterford residents and visitors to the Township. Each May, a street exhibition of poems submitted by area poets, both the novice and the accomplished writer, hangs in the trees on the Waterford Township Civic Center campus. To purchase a volume of poetry from past exhibits, please visit http://www.poetry-leaves.com/purchase. The deadline for 2018 poems has passed. 

Rules for Entry:

Please include the title and your name at the top of your poem. All elements of the poem should be left justified and/or centered to aid with publishing.

Additional rules for entries:

  • One entry per person
  • Original poetry by the poet submitting the entry
  • No pictures or photographs
  • Easy-to-read font
  • Minimum font size: 14pt
  • Maximum length: One 8.5"x11" page
  • Deadline for entries: April 16, 2018
Options for Submitting:

  • Visit the Poetry Leaves website.
  • You can print out a copy of your poem, download, complete & sign this printable PERMISSION FORM and turn in paper copies of both at the Library.
  • If you have an account with Submittable.com, or want to create one (it's free), click on the button tagged "Powered by Submittable."

There are programs, workshops and poetry readings offered at the Library to enrich your experience of poetry and help you write your entry for the 2018 exhibition. Plan to join us for any or all of the following events. Unless noted otherwise, all events are held in the Library's Community Room.

  • Poetry Writers Workshops, led by Glen Armstrong. Come with a pen/pencil & paper and leave with a poem. Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00p-8:00p in the Library Conference Room
  • Creative Process of PoetryThursday, JAN. 25th, 7:00p-8:30p
  • Open Mic Poetry Readings & Publishing Discussion, Saturday, FEB. 24th, 2:00p-4:00p
  • Kids' Poetry Camp, a workshop for elementary students grades K-8. Saturday, MAR. 24th, 10:00a-11:30a
  • Poetry Readings & Discussion of Their WorkThursday, APR. 12th, 5:30p-7:30p
  • Teen Poetry Slam, Saturday, APR. 28th, 2:00p - 4:00p
  • Poetry Leaves Exhibition Ribbon Cutting, Reception & Community Readers, Tuesday, MAY 1st, 5:30p-7:30p