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Poetry on Buses launches “Road Show” in celebration of National Poetry Month

Three events to take place at King County Libraries and Northwest Folklife Festival
Interior and exterior of dedicated poetry buses with real poets! Photos by Timothy Aguero Photography. Download photo.
(April 9, 2015) – Poetry on Buses is delighted to announce a 2015 “Road Show,” in time for National Poetry Month. Curated by poet Michelle Peñaloza, the Road Show is a series of events featuring poetry readings, writing workshops, and musical performances to explore the complexities of the question “where are you from?” These free events are an opportunity to hear from Poetry on Buses poets and for attendees to intimately explore the program’s theme, “writing home.” Poetry on Buses, a 4Culture program in partnership with King County Metro, launched last November with 125 poems now displayed on over 100 RapidRide buses and 30 stations, with a new poem published each day for 365 days on poetryonbuses.org.

The first Road Show will take place on April 25, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Covington Library, located at 27100 164th Ave SE, Covington WA 98042. Readings by Poetry on Buses poets Michelle Peñaloza, Hafidha Acuay, Adrian Alarilla and Devin Miller will be followed by a poetry writing workshop facilitated by Peñaloza. 

The second event takes place on May 9, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Library, located at 111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004. Readings by Poetry on Buses poets Michelle Peñaloza, Wendy Call, John Gorski and Laraine Hong will be followed by a poetry writing workshop facilitated by Peñaloza.

The Road Show will be at the Northwest Folklife Festival on May 23, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a Poetry Bus parked in the Fisher Pavilion between the Fisher Green Stage and the Roadhouse at Seattle Center. Poets will read on the bus on the top of the hour every hour from Noon to 5 p.m., and a full-hour set of poetry with music by Love City Love kicks off at 5:00 p.m.

The King County Library System is a program partner in the library events.

Poetry on Buses will also have a presence at community festivals put on by each language community in the coming summer and fall.

For more information visit poetryonbuses.org/category/ news.
 Portrait of Michelle Peñaloza by Timothy Aguero Photography. Download photo.
ABOUT MICHELLE PEÑALOZA
Michelle Peñaloza grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry can be found in Asian American Literary Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, The Collagist and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, the Richard Hugo House, and Literary Arts, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others.  Michelle lives in Seattle. Her poem Imprint is featured in the Poetry on Buses program.

ABOUT 4CULTURE
4Culture (4Culture.org), the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. 
 
Poetry on Buses is managed by Public Art 4Culture using Percent-for-Art Dollars allocated for the commissioning and management of artwork for shared public space in King County. It is sponsored in part by King County Metro, Titan, Seattle Theatre Group, KUOW 94.9, and The Stranger.
 
ABOUT KING COUNTY METRO TRANSIT
Metro Transit (kingcounty.gov/metro) serves more than 1.9 million area residents who take approximately 400,000 trips each day. It is one of the top ten largest public bus systems in North America. RapidRide is Metro Transit’s new bus rapid transit service. Launched between 2010 and 2014, RapidRide provides streamlined access in the form of frequent all-day bus service.

ABOUT TITAN 
Titan (titan360.com) is a full service multimedia company whose passion is “people in transit.” Titan is the contracted media services provider for Metro Transit, and through their Titan Cares Program is a partner in Poetry on Buses.
 
         
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