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Help us transform a phone booth into a POEM BOOTH!
Help us transform a phone booth into a POEM BOOTH!
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Throughout the country, phone booths have been abandoned by major telephone companies who can no longer afford to maintain them. Typically the phone is ripped out of the booth, leaving the abandoned structure for local residents to either demolish or transform. We have adopted a defunct phone booth located on the Forest Street side of the Downtown Bellingham Community Co-op as a potential site for renewed communication in the present day. 

Right now, the booth is being used for an informal conversation of sorts using graffiti and stickers; we envision to expand upon this by transforming it into a site for a curated exchange of poetic language. As community members browse the nearby reader board for community information, they can also peruse the poem booth for a little brightness, beauty, and inspiration.  

Our simple goal: To create something that enhances and promotes community.

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is going to be figuring out how to clean up the Poem Booth...removing stickers, debris, and re-painting. We also need to install weatherproof hardware to protect the poem. We will need to monitor the booth to react to any vandalism.

We will have an ongoing challenge choosing poems from a large pool of highly qualified local poets.

Our collective skills ensure that we can meet these challenges. We have 2 poets, one painter on our team. Not to mention bookkeeping skills and a whole lot of passion and creativity!

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    Wild Lotus Living Poem Book

    Poetry Book written by Poem Booth Collaborator, Summer Starr

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    Hand Knit Ocean Blue Scarf

    Cozy up this winter in a hand knit scarf by renowned fiber artist, Christen Mattix. The same yarn that she used to knit a half mile rope to the bay

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    Have coffee with Poet Shannon Laws

    Mayor arts award recipient, radio show host and poet, Shannon Laws will take you out for coffee and tell you all her secrets.

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