More Step into Poetry displays

Step into Poetry

Three new poems have been added to the Step Into Poetry Project dotting Erie’s eastside center-city neighborhoods. The classic lines from an Edna Vincent Millay poem appear on the front steps of 711 East 25th. Dan Serafin, owner of Serafin’s Grocery Story on 24th and Ash, requested poems on two of his properties. A Philip Larkin poem is painted next door to his store at 554 East 24th and words by Maya Angelou from “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” are on 605 East 24th.Artist Joe Gallagher is currently working on a poem for the steps of the former Saint John’s School on 27th and Wallace and when he completes it, he will have illustrated ten residences and buildings with short poems. Step Into Poetry is a project of The Writing Studio under the direction of Mary Lou Kownacki and was funded in part by Erie Arts & Culture and an anonymous donor.


The Writing Studio is part of The Studio at Saint Mary’s: Space to Create, where studio space is available for artists and innovative programs that can positively impact center-city Erie. For more information, contact Holly Nowak.