Call for Poems about Oshkosh

Here is the chapbook written by people with a connection to Oshkosh. Included are poems created for the Poet Laureate Program of Oshkosh. The rationale for the chapbook is below:

Each resident of Oshkosh has something they treasure about where they live. They see the city in a different way than anyone else. Perhaps it is a special person. Perhaps it is a special place or a memorable event.

The Poet Laureate of Oshkosh, Tom Cannon would like everyone to create their ode to Oshkosh. Let’s celebrate where we live through words.  Every type of poem is welcomed, including messages that are simple and direct. The simple act of describing one thing to represent Oshkosh is poetry itself.  

Why write a poem about Oshkosh?

Let’s remind ourselves of the good things in our lives. This is an opportunity for gratitude.  It is a chance to share common ground between people. Hopefully it will also allow to share our past and our present with the future.

What should you share?

  • Your favorite place in Oshkosh
  • Citizens of Oshkosh that should be remembered
  • Your favorite memory that took place in Oshkosh
  • Share some history of a place in Oshkosh
  • A community in Oshkosh that people should know about

Where will my piece be shared?

The Poet Laureate of Oshkosh website, a free downloadable pdf, social media with the hashtag OshkoshPoems  #OshkoshPoems.

People can share their piece on their own social media sites. Please use #OshkoshPoems. Businesses that are featured in a poem will be invited to post the poem at their business.

Please visit for more information.

Please submit your piece to:


 Or join the Facebook page Oshkosh Poet Laureate and post your piece.


Deadline: April 30th.

By sending your piece you agree to have it publicly posted. All poems will be available and will not be for making money.  The poet’s name should be listed at the beginning of the poem or at the end and that is how the name will appear. 

For example, the poet could use their full name or their first name and initial.

All poems should be original and created by the person submitting. Not all poems may be posted or included in the PDF chapbook.

Please include the following information in your email:

Your name:

Pen name (if applicable):

Email address:

Up to 2 lines of a Bio written in the third person:

Where you heard of this project:

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