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November 1, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ellen Girardeau Kempler



Laguna Beach Poetry Trail
Art-Inspired Poems in Laguna’s Public Places


Between November 15, 2020 and April 2, 2021, Laguna Beach residents age six to 100+ are invited to submit poems of no longer than three lines or 25 words. Each submission must respond to one of the following ten selected works of art on a walkable route around downtown:


  1. Suzi Q Community Center: "Moving Forward" by Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor

  2. Corner of Ocean and Beach: “The Shopper” by Andrew Meyers

  3. Corner of Ocean and Beach “Road Blossoms” by Kyungmi Shin

  4. City Lot between Ocean and Forest: “Adventure” by Yuri Kuznetzov

  5. Jahraus Park (corner of Cliff Drive and Coast Highway: Boy and Dog” by Ruth Peabody

  6. Intersection of Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street: “Chambered Nautilus Bench” by Carolyn Reynolds

  7. Water District Building (across from LBPD): “Canyon Preserve” by Mike Tauber and Michele Taylor

  8. Corner of Ocean and Forest avenues: “The Discussion” by Ralph Tarzian

  9. Browns’ Park (Coast Highway south of Hotel Laguna): “A Tranquil Moment” by Jason Kopydiowski

  10. Main Beach (next to Laguna Beach Lifeguard headquarters): “Grace” by Terry Thornsley

Poets are encouraged to visit the selected works of art and engage with them by looking at them closely and writing something meaningful in response. As the great Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote, “If you want to know the pine, you must go to the pine.”


Winners will be announced on April 15, 2021. The ten winning poems will be printed with the poet’s name on permanent signage and installed near the subject artwork, then included on a printable map of the trail for self-guided tours.


Please email poems to To make the judging process fair, the poet’s name, address, category (adult, youth age 12-18 or child) and contact details should be printed on a second page not attached to the poem.  For updates and inspiration, follow @lagunabeachpoetrytrail on Instagram.

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