The Zip Ode is an original form invented by O, Miami and WLRN and designed to transform zip codes into occasions for place-based, lyrical celebration.

To submit your Zip Ode, visit WLRN’s easy submission form, open now until April 19, 2019.

Submit as many times as you like. Each week, ten “zip odists” are selected to read at our culminating event on April 24 at Vizcaya.

How To Write a Zip Ode

A zip ode is a five-line poem about your zip code, in the form of your zip code. Write the numbers of your zip code down the left-hand side of the page. Each number determines the number of words in that line.

Note: if you have a zero in your zip code, that line is a wild card! You can leave it blank, use an emoji, or use any number of words between 1 and 9.

2019 Examples


About

Invented in 2015, the zip ode is an annual initiative by O, Miami and WLRN, but has also traveled all around the United States, including Orlando, Toledo, and Boston, and has been featured on media outlets such as The Takeaway and The Washington Post. We welcome organizations and media outlets using the zip ode as a free, open-source tool to connect with their communities. (Wherever possible, please credit O, Miami Poetry Festival and WLRN as the inventors.)

Variations

Kris Archie came up with a solution to areas that have postal codes instead of zip codes. When the line has a letter instead of a number, that line has one word that must begin with that letter. Here are two examples:

V5B 3H4 (by Kris Archie)

Very
long grey rainy days in
Burnaby
Magnolia blossoms bursting
Hovering
Over Archie Olson family

V3M 2Y9 (by Mark Gifford)

Vancouver
is up Kingsway
Maybe
New Westminster
Yields
to pressure to build nice long bridge over Burnaby

If you know of other areas that do not have zip or postal codes, we’re open to figuring out new variations. Get in touch!