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Poetry In Transit 2015 Launches With Aug. 28 Event

Selected Poems Will Be Featured on LCTA Buses

Poetry In Transit, an award-winning community program, announces the 2015 contributing poets whose work will be featured on Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) 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 2015 program is River, which is reflected in the selected poems.

The launch of Poetry In Transit will be Friday, August 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Wilkes-Kings Bookstore on the Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. The public is welcome to come and celebrate as the 2015 contributing poets share their work. Mischelle Anthony, Wilkes University associate professor of English, continues to coordinate the program, which began in 2007. 

2015 Contributing Poets and Their Featured Poems:

  • Ahrend Torrey, Baton Rouge, La. – from “The Bird and I”
  • Fr. Tony Grasso, CSC, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre – “The Susquehanna”
  • Emily Bellanco, Wyoming – untitled poem
  • Mary Ann Hebda, Dallas – “River Drive”
  • Diane Polachek, Bear Creek Village – “Eminence”
  • Anne A. Thomas, Plains – “Secret Spring”
  • James Jaskolka, Wilkes-Barre – “thaw”
  • Amy Higgins, Sweet Valley – “In The Current”
  • Marie Moyer, Mountain Top – untitled poem
  • Harold Jenkins, Nanticoke – “Susquehanna”
  • Rich Sanders, Hanover Township – “River Lives”
  • Sarah Gyle, Wilkes-Barre – “What a River Can Do”
  • Maddy Brozusky, Mountain Top – “My Lady”
  • Sara Pisak, Sugarloaf – “Crystalline Waters” 

Poetry in Transit is inspired by the recently rejuvenated Poetry In Motion on New York's Transit System and on 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.