For Immediate Release
Contact: Wendy Hinton
Executive Director of College Marketing and Communications
Wilkes-Barre, Pa., November 8, 2021 – Now in its fifteenth year of bringing art to the local community, the 2021 Poetry in Transit program showcases the voices and works of a diverse group of writers from northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. King’s College is honored to have been awarded a $500 Community Grant from Walmart to assist The Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) in the funding of the Poetry in Transit Program. Additional advertising space was donated by Direct Media USA.
The 2021 collection investigates the theme of “Letting Go” and for the first time, accepted photography submissions in addition to poetry. Writers whose works are included are Alison Stone - Upper Nyack, N.Y.; Suzanne Deschchidn - Branchville, N.J.; Amber Hyder, Hanover Township, Pa.; Rob Burnside, Kingston, Pa.; Janine P. Dubik, Monroe Township, Pa.; Maria Jacketti, Hazleton, Pa.; Heather Ferguson, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Sherry Clements, Cabot, Ark.; Glinda Medland, Columbia, Pa.; Amlan Goswami, New Delhi, India New. Photographers whose work was selected included Brian Jones and Edward Moran.
Poetry In Transit promotes the celebration of art in unexpected places as local residents can read poetry and view photography while riding county busses. Poetry In Transit also involves local businesses Lamar Advertising, King’s College Print Shop, LCTA, and poets and professors from the surrounding community. The poems are featured on LCTA buses for up to one year, with a monthly rotation so that riders can see all of the selections.
“Poetry in Transit” is inspired by “Poetry in Motion” on New York City’s Transit System and London’s “Poems on the Underground” program. The LCTA project began in 2007 with 12 placards featuring the work of established and canonized poets such as Wordsworth, Dickinson, and Frost. The works of local poets was introduced in 2008. Jennifer Judge Yonkoski, assistant technical professor of English at King’s College, coordinates the program.
The call for 2022 submissions will be out in January. For more information on Poetry In Transit, please contact Jennifer Judge Yonkoski at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.