Wilkes University's Poetry In Transit 2017 Launches With Aug. 11 Event
Poetry In Transit, an award-winning community program, announces the 2017 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 2017 program is Migration, which is reflected in the selected poems.
Poetry In Transit will launch on Friday, Aug. 11 at 5 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 2017 contributing poets share their work.
Mischelle Anthony, Wilkes University associate professor of English, continues to coordinate the program, which began in 2007. This is the program’s eleventh year. Poetry in Transit is inspired by the 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.
2017 contributing poets and their featured poems:
- Bob Quarteroni, Swoyersville – untitled poem
- Rob Burnside, Kingston – untitled poem
- James Hearne, Drums – “Strangers At A Wake”
- Barbara Crooker, Fogelsville – “The Map of the World, 1630”
- Tom Johnson-Medland, Mount Pocono – “The Basement of My Days”
- V. Irene Mike, Dallas – “Go Figure”
- JoAnn Wolinsky, Forty Fort – “Migration”
- J.P. Dubik, Beaumont – “The shift begins”
- Jon Lastovica, Plains Twp. – “You Can Count On Me”
- Sara Pisak, Sugarloaf– “Flight”
- Richard Aston, Wilkes-Barre – “Aloft with Simon”
- John Lemuel Woods, Plains Twp. – “On the Border”
- Brian Leemoon, Wilkes-Barre – “Who am I?”
- Anne Aimetti Thomas, Plains Twp. – “The Poet’s Migration to Truth”
- Maria Jacketti, Hazleton—“The Great Migration”