Jake Adam York

“Map of Denver”
In Residence: March 28 – April 23, 2005
Performances and ongoing events: April 23, 10:00am – 8:00pm

Jake Adam York, created “A Map of Denver” during his residency in April’s National Poetry Month. In this anthology project, he encouraged Denver’s citizens to write about their city, their neighborhoods and lives, and to collect and publish those representations. He also collaborated with students from North High School, East High School and ArtLab. With these writings Jake constructed a poetry installation across the walls of PlatteForum. He connected the poems utilizing various colors of strings and map pins, each representing a certain type of poem. The strings crisscrossed throughout the gallery space creating a map, a web that encompassed the writings of more than 90 writers. In addition, Jake wrote over 40 poems and culminated his residency with an all day poetry event that took place at various venues throughout Denver and concluded at the PlatteForum for a special reading and opening for the public to interact with the poetry installation.

We thank the Tattered Cover in Lodo for collaborating with PlatteForum during Jake’s residency on an event in which Jake invited several of Denver notables, including Mayor John Hickenlooper, to share their favorite poems with the public. We are pleased that the event was very well attended and was standing room only!