Your Zip Code contributes more to your life outcomes than your genetic code. Where you live influences your health, education, and economic opportunities.
The Fair Housing Center presents Ode to the Zip Code, a poetry contest celebrating the places we live. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 7, and are being accepted at http://toledocitypaper.com/online/ottzc-2018-submit
The premise is simple: Write a short poem in which the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit of the ZIP Code. All ages and neighborhoods are welcome.
For an example, here's last year's winning poem:
4 Near Detroit and Airport
3 We finally settled
6 Family of six, crowding into rentals
0 (here’s where I won’t discuss the summer we were homeless)
9 But there on Somerset, my very own pink bedroom
All entries will be juried, and finalists will be invited to read their work at a special event at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Main Library – McMaster Center on April 19, 2018 for 419 Day, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Winners selected from both the youth (15 and under) and adult (16 and older) categories will be awarded cash prizes. Top poems will also be published in Toledo City Paper.
I know TTers have a LOT to say about the city -- here's a good way to shout it out, in a poem!