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Poetry in Transit poets read work displayed on Luzerne County buses in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 19

Poetry in Transit poets read work displayed on Luzerne County buses in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 19
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From a press release:

Poetry in Transit, an award-winning community program now in its 10th year, has announced the 2016 contributing poets whose work will be featured on Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses. The poems stay up for one year with a monthly rotation so that riders can see all poems over time. The theme for the 2016 program is “flood,” which is reflected in the selected poems.

The launch of Poetry in Transit will be next Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Wilkes-Kings Bookstore on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre (7 S. Main St. #1, Wilkes-Barre). The public is welcome to come and celebrate as the contributing poets share their work. Mischelle Anthony, Wilkes University associate professor of English, continues to coordinate the program, which began in 2007.

2016 contributing poets and their featured poems:

  • Jason Klus, Kingston, Kingston – “Grandpa’s Agnes”
  • Brian LeeMoon, Wilkes-Barre – “Flood and Love”
  • Robert Kehler, Hazle Township – untitled poem
  • Lia Sminkey, Laurel Run – “Sorry”
  • Victoria Rendina, Larksville – “June, 2006”
  • J.P. Dubik, Beaumont– “Flood of Memories”
  • Jacob Hebda, Dallas – “Waterline”
  • Sara Pisak, Sugar Loaf – “Saturated”
  • Therese Roughsedge, King’s College – “An Aching Drift”
  • Maddy Brozusky, Mountain Top – “The Floods”
  • Harold Jenkins, Nanticoke – “After the Flood”
  • Mary K. Hooker, Wilkes-Barre – “The Flood”
  • Amanda Modrovsky, Mountain Top – untitled poem
  • Paula Andrews, Dallas – untitled poem
  • Sarah Gyle, Wilkes-Barre; Molly McMullen, Mahoney City; Stephanie, Wilkes-Barre — “Levee, 1973”

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

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates.

In addition to 41 undergraduate majors, Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing.