Every time she rides the subway Madeline Schwartzman, an author, filmmaker and adjunct professor of architecture at Barnard College, asks a stranger to write a poem. She discusses her ambitious and eccentric project “365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers.”
Madeline Schwartzman’s mission is connect people in what she sees as an increasingly individualized society. Every day as she travels by subway Madeline asks fellow commuters to write a poem in her notebook. Some refuse, some accept, and now more than 100 of their poems are posted on Madeline’s website, 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers.
Madeline Schwartzman Asks for Poems From Subway Riders
Madeline Schwartzman was just riding the New York City subway one day this spring on her normal commute when an idea came to her “with a thunk”: “Ask a stranger to write a poem!”
When I first heard about 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers, a project started by friend, neighbor, and prolific author Madeline Schwartzman it was like one of those instant, “d’oh! Why didn’t I think of that!” moments.