Poetry in Plain Sight: A Statewide Poetry Initiative


Launched in Winston-Salem in 2013, Poetry in Plain Sight brings North Carolina poetry and poets to the public.        Four poems are chosen monthly and displayed on posters in street-visible locations throughout arts districts and  downtown areas in Winston-Salem and in our expansion cities. The goals are to bring poetry to a wider audience    and to support North Carolina poets. This Winston-Salem Writers’ program is a collaborative effort with the North Carolina Poetry Society and Press 53. It is endorsed by the Downtown Arts District Association of Winston-Salem. Funding is sought through sponsorships and donations.


In its second year, Poetry in Plain Sight extended the Word Up! program created for Winston-Salem Transit          Authority buses by the late Rodney Holman. Holman was a Board Director of Winston-Salem Writers and one of Poetry in Plain Sight’s prime movers. In 2014, Winston-Salem Writers received an Innovative Projects Grant from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County to install poetry posters in all WSTA buses. Although the bus program is no longer active, poetry posters have been on continual display in over twenty storefront locations since January 2013.


Beyond Winston-Salem: Poetry in Plain Sight Expansion


Beginning March 2018, two additional cities will feature poetry posters: Waynesville in the west and New Bern in the east. These cities were chosen because they have active arts and entrepreneurial communities, and have strong volunteer leadership to cultivate this program. Eight to twelve local businesses in these cities will display a Poetry in Plain Sight poster in their storefront window, and there are plans host a Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! event as well. We are excited to have New Bern and Waynesville pave the way for statewide expansion, bringing poetry to visitors and citizens of North Carolina.

Click here to view 2018 selected poems


Scroll and Click to view current posters

Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! 


Our live event, held seasonally, brings Poetry in Plain Sight full circle and to a wider audience. Twelve featured poets are invited to read their work at an event free and open to the public. Venues and dates will be announced in local media, social media, and the Winston-Salem Writers and North Carolina Poetry Society newsletters and websites. The seasonal cycle of poetry includes four poems each month for:


•   Spring: March, April, May

•   Summer: June, July, August

•   Fall: September, October, November

•   Winter: December, January, February

How To Enter Your Poem


Poetry in Plain Sight welcomes poetry submissions from any North Carolina resident. For guidelines and submission instructions: https://poetryinplainsight.submittable.com/submit

Support Poetry in Plain Sight

Poetry in Plain Sight is an all-volunteer project. Join the fun and help maintain poster displays, package and mail posters, or assist with Live! events. Contact director Donna Wallace, donna@wswriters.org for details.


Donations are appreciated, and can be earmarked for particular areas.

Donate online: https://www.wswriters.org/donate and indicate in Paypal’s “add a note” field the area you wish to support. (Paypal account not required).

Or send a check made out to “Winston Salem Writers” (memo line: Poetry in Plain Sight) to:

Winston Salem Writers

P.O. Box 24442

Winston Salem NC 27114



Sponsors Include


This project was made possible, in part, with funding by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

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