Calling Local Poets -- Thousands of Commuters Could be Reading Your Poetry in an ART Bus!

November 1, 2016

Calling local poets! Thousands of commuters could soon be reading your poetry while riding an ART bus!

Arlington Arts is holding their annual poetry contest, Moving Words. The work of six winning adult poets will be printed on colorful placards and displayed inside Arlington Transit -- ART buses for three months between April and September 2017. The deadline to submit poems is January 12, 2017.

This year's Moving Words competition will be juried by Arlington County's Poet Laureate Katherine E. Young. Each of the winning six poets will receive a $250 honorarium and will be invited to give a public reading of their work in April 2017 during National Poetry Month. Poets who live in the DC Metro transit area and are over 18 years old are eligible to enter. Visit the Moving Words website for complete details on how to submit your poems.

Moving Words is a program that makes poetry a part of daily life for commuters riding Arlington Transit -- ART by replacing advertising placards inside public buses with poems by local poets and Arlington Public School students. This year-round, two-part program includes the adult competition, the Moving Words Poetry Competition, which displays poems by six selected metro-area poets (age 18 or over) inside the buses from April through September, and the Moving Words Student Poetry Competition, which features poems by ten Arlington Public School students inside the buses from October through March.

See the winning student poems from 2016 and the winning adult poems from 2016

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