Poetry for Trash

Student Spotlight: John-Michael Bloomquist

John-Michael Bloomquist (English), is the founder of “Poetry for Trash,” a movement that aims to keep Richmond’s river and parks clean by offering poetry to those who pick up garbage. At spots like Belle Isle and Texas Beach and at events like the Richmond Folk Festival, Bloomquist has placed a sign holding a jar filled with poems, which asks people to take part in the poetry-in-exchange-for-trash transaction. Many of the poems Bloomquist has been leaving in exchange for trash have been printed in VCU literary publications, such asAmendment and Poictesme, as well as from “Open Minds“. Bloomquist hopes to build more Poetry for Trash signs, and hopes to eventually win the city’s blessing to place permanent Poetry for Trash installations in public parks and by the river. Read more at VCU News.