At Read Local BC, we are gearing up for the latest season of Poetry in Transit launching September 24 at Word Vancouver with a fantastic reading event. You can expect to see wonderful poems from BC poets on your daily commute.
It began in 1996 with an idea to exhibit BC poems to public transit riders. Poet Sandy Shreve connected with the ABPBC to administer the program and with TransLink to display the work. It is now the longest running program of its kind in Canada. It exposes people to Canadian poetry, provokes discussion, and brings together the BC community by brightening commuters’ days.
This year, the fantastic jurors have chosen 10 more poets to join the ranks of our great Poetry in Transit selections:
- Adèle Barclay – If I Were in a Cage, I’d Reach out for You (Nightwood Editions)
- Jane Byers – Acquired Community (Caitlin Press)
- Stephen Collis – Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks)
- Lorna Crozier – What the Soul Doesn’t Want (Freehand Books)
- Wendy Donawa – Thin Air of the Knowable (Brick Books)
- Rhonda Ganz – Frequent, small loads of laundry (Mother Tongue Publishing)
- Heidi Greco – Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press)
- Ulrike Narwani – Collecting Silence (Ronsdale Press)
- Jeff Steudel – Foreign Park (Anvil Press)
- Onjana Yawnghwe – Fragments, Desire (Oolichan Books)
We are so excited to see these poets given the recognition they deserve.
Bonus! Giveaway Alert:
Win a copy of all the poetry books featured! We are holding a giveaway, which also launches on September 24. If you see a 2017 poetry card in your travels, snap a picture and follow the giveaway instructions to win.