January 21, 2016

Seattle seeks poet to live in the Fremont Bridge


Are you a poet? Do you live in Seattle? All of this (one tower) can be yours (for a while)!

Are you a poet? Do you live in Seattle? All of this (one tower) can be yours (for a while)! Image via the Seattle Department of Tranpsortation

In a move that LitHub describes as “a fairy tale written for a Free People catalogue,” the city of Seattle is looking for “a practicing, published poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer for a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience.”

Atlas Obscura explained some of the benefits a “bridge bard” might find in a residency:

The Fremont Bridge should give its new tenant plenty of inspiration—it’s the most frequently opened drawbridge in the country, rising about 35 times per day to let boats through, and serves as a popular thoroughfare for bikes and pedestrians. Its striking color scheme was decided by community vote in 1985, and previous tower residents have decked it out with neon sculptures and telephone lines loaded with found sounds. Plus, for poets who can’t work without the specter of criticism looming, the Fremont Troll lives right down the street.

However, they also note that “the space has no running water and isn’t well-heated,” and as of 2009, had no wifi. Poetic inspiration of a different sort. Application materials can be found here.



Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.