Long Beach, CA installs Poetry Boxes in hopes to boost business

In a move that the local business improvement association hopes will  foster creativity in the community poetry boxes have been installed outside two Long Beach, CA coffee shops. The organizers also hope that the poetry boxes will “bring people to the businesses to boost sales.”

There are “no word count guidelines and anonymous submissions will be accepted…We want raw poetry,” says Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

The boxes will remain in place until “about 100 publish-worthy poems are collected” which will then be published in book form.


Flyer for the project

Story at KCAL 2
Video at KCAL 2

Thanks to harriet for the lead

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