Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pieces by Area Poets to Be Featured on Buses

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pieces by Area Poets to Be Featured on Buses

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Next time you ride a local bus in Luzerne County, look up toward the ceiling. You might find inspiration.

New works of poetry and accompanying photography, displayed on placards normally used for advertising, are once again being placed inside Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses for the 2014- 2015 edition of the Poetry in Transit initiative.

Eleven new placards showcasing the original work of 11 area poets were unveiled Friday at Barnes & Noble in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The free event included poetry readings from some of the featured poets.

Wilkes University professor Mischelle Anthony, who has coordinated the Poetry in Transit event since its launch in 2007, explained the program and thanked those who support it before introducing four poets, each of whom read a few of their works, including those featured on the new placards.

Inspired by Poetry in Motion on New York's Transit System and on London's Poems on the Underground program, Ms. Anthony got the program started in 2007 with 12 placards featuring works of established poets such as Robert Frost.

"When I started it, I didn't imagine that anyone would be interested in it. So I just used poems from in the public domain," Ms. Anthony said. "The next year, someone said, 'Why don't you try asking local writers to submit?' And it worked. Every year, we have a different batch of people who submit, and we have some faithful people who are with us each year as well."

This year's theme, "Luzerne County Local," features poems by Richard Aston, Mary K. Hooker and Margie E. Thoma, all of Wilkes- Barre; Bob Quarteroni and Corine Coniglio, of Swoyersville; Harold Jenkins, of Nanticoke; David Guiliarelli, of Ashley; Barbara Crooker, of Foglesville; Lois Szymanski, of Duryea; Helen Schmid, of Kingston; and James Hearne, of Drums. …

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