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Poetry in Transit seeking local poems to display on Luzerne County buses in Wilkes-Barre

Poetry in Transit seeking local poems to display on Luzerne County buses in Wilkes-Barre
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From a press release:

Poetry in Transit, an award-winning community program, is inviting writers to submit poems to be featured on Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses. The submission deadline for this year’s program is next Friday, April 28. The theme for the 2017 program is “migration,” and 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 poems over time. The project was started in 2007 by Mischelle Anthony, Wilkes University associate professor of English, who continues to coordinate the program.

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

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.

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: Migration
  • Please avoid profanity and outright political or religious statements
  • Languages: Any language is fine if accompanied by an English translation

Submit poems by April 28 through e-mail to or mail to:

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

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 42 bachelor degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and four doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing.