In the Gallery

In the Gallery

Poetry on the Streets

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, January 16 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

This event will include a live poetry reading and interactive opportunity for you to create your own poetry!

On view through February 15, 2020.
Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm
Or by special arrangement. Contact:

Poetry on the Streets, created by Melanie Faranello in 2017, is an interactive exhibit set up in urban areas and designed to engage passersby in writing a spontaneous poem based on a word chosen from a “jar of emotions.” The words are based on different human emotions such as love, fear, joy, pain, sorrow, hope, loneliness…etc. Poetry on the Streets pops up with a blue Smith-Corona typewriter in various locations, including bus stops, public parks, street corners, pedestrian areas. Everyone is a poet. Everyone’s voice matters. Everyone has a poem in them.  

The mission of Poetry on the Streets is to share the voices of people from many walks of life, backgrounds, ages, abilities, and highlight our connectedness. By exhibiting these poems, the hope is to glimpse our human experience, and through our diversity witness our commonality. 


Melanie Faranello is a 2019 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies for her project, Poetry on the Streets. The Pollination Project, which grants awards globally to leaders in support of social change, named her one of “14 community organizers who create equity in the face of inequity.” 

Melanie is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She holds her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her writing has been published in many literary magazines and received numerous awards and honorable mentions including nomination for a Pushcart Prize. 

Originally from Chicago, IL, Melanie has worked for the past twenty years as an educator in universities as well as a teaching artist in the community leading creative writing workshops and honoring the voices and stories from many diverse populations in Chicago, New York City, and Hartford.