Poetry on the Streets, LLC

Everyone has a poem inside. Everyone has a story.

Founded and created by writer/teaching artist, Melanie Pappadis Faranello in 2017.

Poetry on the Streets' (POTS) is a public art project designed to engage communities in creative self-expression, connect people through the poetry of everyday life, and share the words of people from different walks of life to promote compassion and greater understanding of one another. 

POTS initially set up in public spaces such as bus stops, street corners, parks, engaging passersby to write spontaneous poetry based on a human emotion word, and it has continued to evolve through community engagement and collaborations, providing spaces for self-expression and connections. 

Poetry on the Streets has received recognition from National Arts Strategies as being chosen for their Creative Community Fellows program, and The Pollination Project, who supports global leaders in support of social change, and appeared on NPR, as well as in other publications. 

About Melanie Faranello  

On the Street:  Set up on a street corner, at a bus stop, in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter, a jar of words, and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet. Some approach Poetry on the Streets with trepidation; others dive right in; some decide to trust a stranger and take a risk. But every time, people express feeling better after writing their poems. People connect, share things they’ve never told anyone, laugh, cry, tell stories of their pasts, dreams for their futures. Many surprise themselves at their abilities and reflections. People write in their native languages; they write to one another, to long lost friends; they write for themselves. They take it with them or they leave it behind for others to read. Many who've never written a poem, or say they can’t, do. Each encounter, pausing to express, create, connect, changes something. And then we go on our way a little lighter.


The Poetry Bus A CT Transit public bus wrapped in kids poetry. Connecting poetry + transit and empowering young writers, Spring 2021

Empty Storefront Exhibit: Revitalizing empty storefront space "Poetry on the Streets Hartford Speaks" exhibit showcases peoples poems and photographs, Fall 2021 

Gallery Show:  Over one hundred poems alongside the people's photographs at Charter Oak Gallery in Hartford, CT in Jan. 2020. 

Essential Voices from the Pandemic 2020-2021:  Providing a platform for expression in response to COVID-19. Work from this initiative also was displayed at Work_Space Gallery Show "Perspectives from a Pandemic"

Youth Poems Incorporated into a Public City Mural

The "Poet-Tree": Wishes and Dreams/ Concept of Home

Public Banner using intergenerational community poems on MLK's Principles of Nonviolence

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For updates on POTS, follow Instagram @poetryonthestreets and FB @poetryonthestreetsPOTS 

Workshop Possibilities

My Story Matters- Teens

A creative writing workshop for teens. Poetry, short stories.

Senior Voices

A poetry writing workshop for seniors based on the book "I Never Told Anybody" by Kenneth Koch.  

Where I Come From

A storytelling workshop for immigrant families: parents, grandparents, or caregivers, with their children. 

Where I Come From

A storytelling workshop for immigrant families: parents, grandparents, or caregivers, with their children. 

Writing for Community Groups

Various custom designed workshops for various groups in the community including city workers; healthcare workers; veterans; corporations; schools; universities...

Yoga + Writing

For all abilities, gentle yoga movement combined with writing to release true creative expression

Say Hello

use this contact form or send an email to poetryonthestreets@gmail.com

Speaking Engagements

I'm also available as a guest speaker to come to university classrooms, schools, conferences, groups, etc...to discuss Poetry on the Streets, a public art project engaging people in storytelling and creative expression. 

If interested, please contact me above for more info. 


"Back bares wounds/ to all the times I've been a fool/ Loneliness, I feel you."

-Angela (and Brooklyn)


"It's a very hard thing to fall hard to addition. I've been an alcoholic for 40 years. I don't have a job. I don't have a home. But if I get myself a new set of teeth, it will boost my self-esteem and confidence." 

-John James L. 

(POTS youngest poet! 3yrs old) 


"Love is RED. Monster trucks are GREEN! Kisses and hearts! Kinder Surprise Eggs!"



"Sought after and rare/Perfect but simple/ It's so odd that something so gentle/can only come from strict intentionality--Fight for it/ Peace"


"My Passion"

I don't remember/what these spaces/between the seconds/are called...but I think of you/in these intervals."

-Lucas F

Edwin and Evelyn wrote their first ever poem together. Evelyn titled it "Quiet" after Edwin because she joked he's always talking. They moved to Hartford two weeks ago and said they like it here because it doesn't matter what color skin they have.

"Beauty Within"

Beauty is/You are/We are/Nothing more/Than our experiential sums/Beauty is within/When we live for a friend/When we live from within/ Not free of sin/ But understanding that we are only men.


"Reaching the Stars"

Life is a journey/that takes you wherever you want to go/sometimes in life/you have to go with the flow/but never forget/who you are/you will forever reach the stars."

-Kim H.

"Shining Star"

"When you wish upon a star/dreams will take you very far/ but when you wish upon a dream/life is what is always seems."

After he wrote his poem and painted it, he sang me a beautiful song and then went on his way.

Father and Son 

"Black Man in the Park, by Manual" + "Zazie, My Dog, by Max"


What a challenge it is to trust this life/to have faith that all is worth the pain and strife/but what choice do we have?/Hide our heads in the sand?/Or stand up for what is right/ Believe, take a stand, ignore the injustice or try to be the change/ I will choose to be brave/and face what's wrong/to trust in this life/Be loving and strong."


"Dean the Dream" on break from his job on Pratt Street wrote a poem titled "Guilt"

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