Please join us for our 4th Annual Kids Poetry Reading.

PPKPROur 2012-2013 season of Poetry Paths is coming to a close, and we write to invite you all to join us for our 4th annual Kids Poetry Reading.  Please join the poets and their teachers, principals, friends, neighbors and families as we celebrate their art!  
Wednesday, May 1 
6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Ware Center (42 North Prince Street in Downtown Lancaster)

For the past four years we have worked with Barbara Buckman Strasko, our Poet in the Schools, to offer excellent poetry writing workshops to about 250 public elementary and middle school students each year. In preparation for the workshops, we also sponsor experiences for the students that give them a new and deeper appreciation of their neighborhoods, including trips to the Lancaster Museum of Art, the North Museum, the Lancaster Arts Hotel, and the Conestoga Greenway, among many other sites.

At the end of each program year, we publish a journal of the kids’ poetry and host a large public reading of their work for teachers, principals, students, families, neighbors and friends. Since 2009, we have worked with a total of 1300 students from 17 public schools in Lancaster.

Highlights of this year’s event:

  • Readings by 4th and 5th grade poets from Buchanan, Burrowes, Carter & MacRae, King, and Wharton Elementary Schools.  
  • Musical entertainment by the Music For Everyone String Ensemble and Vinegar Creek Constituency
  • Free copies of Poetry Paths Kids Poetry Journal for 2012-2013
  • Light refreshments

Thank you to this year’s donors to Poetry Paths in the Schools: Franklin & Marshall College; Gretel and Arthur B. Dodge, Jr.; the Armstrong Foundation; and the following companies who, by supporting Franklin & Marshall College via contributions through the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program (, have supported Poetry Paths in the Schools 2012-2013: Frontier Communications; Fulton Bank; Oak Tree Development Group, LLC; Tomlinson Bomberger; and Warfel Construction Company.  Portions of these companies’ donations have funded all the workshops, publications, and enrichment activities undertaken through Poetry Paths in the Schools.

See you on May 1st!


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October 5

Poetry Paths, our innovative poetry and public art project, has reached critical mass with pieces now installed at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Tabor Community Services, Lancaster Public Library, Bright Side Opportunities Center, Spanish American Civic Association’s El Centro Hispano, Clipper Magazine Stadium, and Fulton Theatre.

In celebration of our progress, we invite you and your families and friends to a free, public celebration of Poetry Paths.

fun music, free food, and free pencils!

From 3:00-5:00 pm, come to the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, for your Poetry Paths Map and Kids Poetry Paths Kit, and then walk or drive to each of our completed sites, where volunteers will stamp your map and give you an insider’s tour of the artwork.

From 6:00-8:00 pm at the Ware Center, please join us and the many people who have helped create the Paths for a free, public celebration featuring music by Vinegar Creek Constituency; food by Prince Street Café, Carmen & David’s Ice Cream, and Wendy Jo’s Homemade; mixing and mingling with our artists and writers, and the announcement of the winners of our Make Your Own Poetry Paths Art Project Contest, co-sponsored by Creative Works of Lancaster. Mayor Rick Gray and President Porterfield will speak.

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Poetry Paths continues at Clipper Magazine Stadium

Artist Derek Parker has completed the installation of his sculpture that features a poem by Le Hinton. For more details click here for the  Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era article.

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Poetry Paths Mural outside SACA’s El Centro Hispano

Allison Weber and muralist Jared Bader at SACA

Monday’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era highlights our latest installation at SACA.  Congratulations to artist Jared Bader and poet Persio Asencio.  For the full article, click here.

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Poetry Paths Third Annual Kids Poetry Reading

Wednesday, May 23
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Schnader Theater at the Roschel Performing Arts Center
Franklin & Marshall College (College Ave. between New and Frederick Streets.)

From October 2011 through April 2012, students from Lancaster’s public elementary schools have been studying and writing poetry inspired by our city.

Help us celebrate their art and our shared world this Wednesday, May 23.

  • Original poetry and art by students from Ross, Wickersham, Fulton, Price and Martin Elementary Schools
  • Words from our Poet in the Schools, Barbara Strasko
  • Musical entertainment
  • Light refreshments

The Schnader Theater is located in the Roschel Performing Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall College, on College Avenue between New and Frederick Streets. 

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Come Celebrate Poetry Paths at the Lancaster Public Library!

On Friday, March 2 at 5 pm, Poetry Paths will join the Lancaster Public Library to mark the installation of this artful bench by SALT Design Studio and collaborator Brooklyn-based artist Erin Gleason featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson. 

Guests at the event will include the Library’s Executive Director Herb Landau and Community Relations Coordinator Heather Sharpe and the other members of the two selection committees who chose the poetry and art: Cordelia Moyse and Stacey Youcis, Friends of the Library, and Pedro Rivera, Superintendent of the School District of Lancaster.

Students from the Writers House, including our Poetry Paths interns and students who led a creative writing workshop at the library last fall as part of a community-based learning course at Franklin & Marshall, will join our staff to represent Poetry Paths. Laura Howell of the People’s Shakespeare Project will read the Dickinson poem, and artist Sara Pevaroff Schuh of SALT Design Studio will be present to say hello and take questions. Guest of honor Congressman Joseph R. Pitts will conclude the brief ceremony.


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Poetry Aloud / Poetry Slam tonight

Please join us TONIGHT at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster, for a poetry reading and poetry slam, from 5-8pm, co-hosted by students from the Creative Writing Guild at Millersville University, the community of the Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College, and Poetry Paths.

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Project update

Below is an excerpt from our Fall 2011 newsletter. To read it in full and view images, please click here.

Dear Friends,

Hi from Poetry Paths!  We are delighted to have news to share.  As many of you may know, we had planned to host a launch party on Friday, November 4 to introduce the original artwork featuring poetry that is being installed at various sites in Lancaster as part of the Paths.

Alas, many of the projects, while well underway, will not be completed by November 4.  We expect that we’ll have about two thirds of the pieces installed by December of 2011, with the rest of the projects going in during the spring and summer of 2012.

The good news is that the project has taken longer than we’d expected because of our commitment to a process that foregrounds community engagement.  The teams helping to bring each site’s artwork to life include dozens of people, including selection committee members, site partners, publishers, neighbors, artists, designers, lawyers, donors, advisors, poets, machinists, stone masons, painters, and more.

While we won’t be able to officially launch until 2012, we still want to have a party on our planned date of November 4.  Please join us at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster, for a poetry reading and poetry slam, from 5-8pm, co-hosted by students from the Creative Writing Guild at Millersville University, the community of the Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College, and Poetry Paths.   If you’d like to read at either the open reading or the slam, please email, and

Click here to continue reading about our progress with Poetry Paths in the Schools and Poetry Paths on the Street.

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Community invited to attend “Urban Forest Center” discussion tonight

The Lancaster County Conservancy has announced a new project to create an “Urban Forest Center” with its future location along the Little Conestoga Creek in East Hempfield Township.

While still in the exploration phase, this project will create an urban nature preserve with facilities connecting residents to the natural environment through recreation and creative learning. The Conservancy is asking the public to join in the design effort. Neighbors, organizations, institutions, and businesses will have the opportunity to share their vision for the type of programs offered at the center.

Ideas for input already include recreational and educational uses, history programs, the arts, sustainable buildings, native plants, wellness and many others. All Lancaster County residents are invited to attend the public meeting. Tuesday, Oct 25, 7-9pm, Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road.

See flyer for more information.

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Unveiling Ceremony for Tabor / Eastern Market piece

On First Friday, October 7, from 6-7 PM, you are invited to attend an unveiling ceremony for the Poetry Paths piece at Tabor / Eastern Market. The event is planned and sponsored by C.H. Briggs and Chris Dawson architect.

Specialty coffee drinks, light hors d’oeuvres, & live music will be offered. Eastern Market Plaza, 308 E. King St.

RSVP’s are kindly requested before October 1, 2011 to

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