Poetry Leaves 


2019 Sponsors

Russ's Party Store in Waterford, MI
Sue & Frank Camilleri
Margaret Birch, Township Treasurer
Gardner-White of Waterford
Kimberly Markee, Township Clerk

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. The exhibition ran May 1st - 15th, 2019, on the Township Campus, including Township Hall (1st, 2nd & 3rd floors), the Department of Public Works lobby, and the library. A small outdoor exhibit of kid' poems was also on the Civic Center campus. Remote locations of the indoor exhibit were the Waterford Recreation Center, Waterford Senior Center, Mason Middle School, and Grayson Elementary School.

The deadline for 2019 poetry entries has now passed. 

To purchase a volume of poetry from past exhibits, please visit http://www.poetry-leaves.com/purchase

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:

  • Family-friendly language and content
  • 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 15, 2019
Options for Submitting (please only choose one):

  • 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."

Plans for the 2019 project include a video series featuring readings by published poets from the metro Detroit area and interviews exploring their creative process and sources of inspiration. Look for these on the Poetry Leaves website and facebook page in 2019. The Library continues to offer a monthly Poetry Writers Workshop. Plan to join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception to open the new exhibition. 

  • 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
  • Open Mic Poetry Readings, Thursday, Mar. 21st, 7:00-8:30p at L.A. Cafe
  • Poetry Leaves Exhibition Ribbon Cutting, Reception & Community Readers, Wednesday, MAY 1st, 5:30p-7:30p

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