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Local poets sought for Poetry In Transit bus program

Local poets sought for Poetry In Transit bus program
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From a press release:

Poetry In Transit, an award-winning community program, invites writers to submit poems to be featured on Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses. The submission deadline for this year’s program is Sept. 22, and the theme for the 2014 program is “Luzerne County local,” so poems should reflect some aspect of this theme.

Poetry In Transit displays poetry in advertising space inside LCTA buses. The poems stay up for one year, with a monthly rotation so that riders can see all the poems over time. The project was started in 2007 by Mischelle Anthony, a Wilkes University associate professor of English who continues to coordinate the program.

An advisory board from four area colleges – Kings College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County Community College, and Wilkes University – will choose the winners.

Guidelines for submitting poems are:

  • Length: Six lines or less (excerpts from longer works are fine, but poets must choose the six lines to send)
  • Theme: Luzerne County local
  • Please avoid profanity and outright political or religious statements
  • Languages: Any language is fine if accompanied by an English translation

Submit poems by Sept. 22 to or the following address:

Poetry In Transit
c/o Mischelle Anthony
English Department
Wilkes University
84 W. South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Poetry in Transit is inspired by the recently rejuvenated Poetry In Motion in New York’s Transit System and in London’s Poems on the Underground program. The Luzerne County project began in 2007 with 12 placards featuring the work of established and canonized poets such as Wordsworth, Dickinson, and Frost. The work of local poets was introduced to the project in 2008.