Durham Public Space Project 2020

mural at the corner of Corcoran St. + Ramseur St. in Durham, NC

including poems by Kristi Stout + Nina Oteria, painted by Bethany Bash

poetry reading: March 7th @ Corcoran x Ramseur

The Corcoran Poetry Wall is a public installation of three different poems, all written by Durham residents, in the form of a mural. Each featured poet will also read at a celebratory open-mic (where the community is invited to share their poetry as well) and distribute small chapbooks of their work. Our hope is that the Corcoran Poetry Wall will serve as a re-introduction to poetry – an upending of the stuffy, elitist image that is often associated with it. The layman is alienated by the artform, perhaps because they have not been introduced to poems that reflect their narrative as a woman, as a person of color, as someone who identifies as LGBTQ+, or even as someone living in the 21st century. We aim to bring Durham residents into contact with poetry written by their neighbors, in the hopes of changing the traditional perception of who poetry is for and what poetry can say.