BEVERLY – Beverly Main Streets announced the winners of its 2020 Sidewalk poetry competition on Friday.
Nick DiSalvatore (“final coronation”), Tobey Archibald (“Sidewalk rather”), Dawn Paul (“I’m going to get some water” and Aly Pierce (“Analemma”) will each receive an allowance and have their poems embedded in panels. sidewalk in downtown Cabot Street this spring.
In addition, four finalists will have their poems promoted on social media and on a public exhibit that will be installed once the state reaches phase 4 of the governor’s reopening plan. They are Cathryn O’Hare (“November Poem”), Margaret Young (“Low Tide”), Cathleen Warren (“Morning, Prospect Hill”) and Stephanie Angelini (“Essex County”).
The competition solicited original poetry from Beverly residents or current city students of all ages. It was modeled on a similar competition by Cambridge Arts. The project is a partnership between Beverly Main Streets, the City of Beverly, the Beverly Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council.
Main Streets received 61 submissions. The selection panel included published poets, university professors and local students.
Beverly Main Streets will post the first of the winning poems to social media on Monday.
– Cheryl Richardson