Story last updated at 12/10/2008 - 11:30 am
JUNEAU - Local poets are once again invited to share their work with bus riders throughout the capital city.
For the fourth year in a row, Poetry OmniBus is partnering with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and Capital Transit to showcase the work of local poets on Capital Transit buses. Poetry OmniBus is looking for this year's fresh and surprising poems from Juneau locals. Poets are invited to submit in either the youth (5th grade through high school) or adult categories.
Poems must be original works written by Juneau residents, on any topic, in 10 lines or less, and must suitable for a general audience. The submission period opened Dec. 1 and will close Jan. 5. Poems will be selected by a panel of published poets.
Poems from past contests may be viewed on Capital Transit buses and in three-ring binders at the Reference Desk of each Juneau library.
The winning poets will be invited to perform at two events. The first event, coinciding with Cabin Fever, will take place March 13, when poets and members of the public will ride a Capital Transit bus and read the winning poems aloud. All winning poets will be asked to read their submissions at a more formal poetry reading on March 14 at the downtown public library. All poems submitted will be published in the binders retained by the Public Library.
Classroom teachers and their students may want to start thinking now about short poems and writing some first drafts. An educator's packet has been e-mailed to the School District for dissemination to all schools. However, instructors are also invited to e-mail PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com and request an educator's packet. Information includes a submission log to record student submissions, literary terminology, descriptions of forms, useful websites, and more.
Robyn Holloway, who is a poet herself, will organize Poetry OmniBus 2009 for her second year and can be reached at PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com.