April Poetry Walk 2022 Poems and Businesses

April is National Poetry Month
Founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month celebrates the important role poets and poetry have played in American culture.

April Poetry Walk 2022
During April, a selection of 20 poems by local authors are on display in Downtown Oshkosh businesses and organizations. A panel of judges curated these works following a Call For Submissions process in February 2022. The public is invited to view these poems at their own pace anytime they visit downtown or Oshkosh Public Library.

Poems & Participating Businesses
The April Poetry Walk is brought to you by Oshkosh Public Library and the Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District (BID). Thank you to the many writers who submitted a poem and congratulations to our featured poets. (Browse the entire collection.)

We hope that your self-guided tour of the poetry walk is a unique, relaxing and inspiring experience this month. 

  1. Atomic Katz
    Home for a Holiday Visit by Patrick Randolph
  2. 2 Blondes
    I Can Be by Cathie Books
  3. American Black Belt Academy
    Glow by Alexandra Douglas
  4. Copper Hall
    Alarm by Melody Floyd 
  5. Kitz and Pfeil Ace Hardware
    Life by Penya Richards 
  6. Fire Escape
    Life’s Experiences by Kenya Jones 
  7. Brinkley’s Boutique
    A Walk in the Woods by Sr. Mary Jo Palma 
  8. Caramel Crisp Corner
    Spring Haiku by Meredith Chybowski 
  9. Visit Oshkosh/BID
    Butterfly’s Life Lessons by Pat Kohls 
  10. 920 Tattoo Company
    Possibilities by D. Ostwald 
  11. Jambalaya Arts
    Home by Ashly Garner 
  12. Satori Imports
    Where Our Sidewalks End by Mandi Isaacson 
  13. Mara’s Brazilian Cuisine
    In the Clouds by Gabrielle Alby 
  14. Camera Casino
    Watching you Grow in Black and White by Meg McCullough
  15. The Pampurr'd Pet
    Spring by R.R. Sparks 
  16. Winnebago Bicycle
    Untitled by Theo Bucar 
  17. Richard’s School of Dance
    Nature’s Gift by Mary Genack 
  18.  Britton’s Walk-Over Footwear
    The Elephant in the Room by Linda Hassel 
  19. Market Boutique on Main
    Wildflowers by Abigail Lemke 
  20. Oshkosh Public Library
    Poetry by Mary Ellen Wurzbach