Seventh grade student’s poetry recognized

Manlius Pebble Hill 7th grade student Kiru Morissette- Ugoji has been selected to have her haiku illustrated and printed as part of the Syracuse Poster Project.  She’ll be honored along with the other selected poets (who are primarily adults) at a ceremony at the Atrium at City Hall Commons this Friday, April 14. Remarkably, this is Kiru’s second time being selected and honored!

The Syracuse Poster Project brings together community poets and Syracuse University artists to create an annual series of illustrated poetry posters. Project coordinators solicit haiku poems which reflect upon the Syracuse downtown area, the city at large, or nearby communities.

A total of 125 poets submitted 260 haiku. New haiku went into a selection process along with 717 active haiku from past entries.  Syracuse University students create 24 posters, of which, 16 are chosen to be paired with haiku.  The selection committee consisted of Laurie Reed and Bethany Holbrook, of the Downtown Committee; professors John Thompson and Marty Blake, of the Syracuse University Illustration Program; and Jason Evans and Jim Emmons, board members of the Poster Project.

The posters are on display throughout the downtown area and are available for sale to the community.*


Kiru’s Haiku:

Upon a hillside
From this height I see below
A city asleep


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