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Poems will replace advertising on public transit, enlivening commutes across King County. Poetry in Public—formerly known as Poetry on Buses—celebrates local voices in one of our most vital shared spaces: transit. This year’s theme, Places of Landing, embraces the poetry of our daily lives. It honors the movements, places, and feelings that tell the stories of our days. Everyone can be a poet!

Every day, thousands of people use transit—to commute to work, visit family, go to school, and return home. It’s a unique public space, rich with stories. For a short while, all of us are moving in the same direction. Poetry in Public fills that space with poems written by the person across the aisle, that kid in the back, and the professional poet alike. Through a submission process open to all King County residents, poems inspired by the theme Places of Landing have been selected to be shared with the public on transit. Submissions are now closed! Thank you to everyone who joined us for a workshop, shared information with friends, and submitted a poem. Look for poems on King County Metro buses and Sound Transit light rail starting mid-April and read and listen to selected poems.

2023 Theme: Places of Landing

Many of our transportation hubs, roads, docks, and recreational spaces exist directly over Indigenous places of landing. As our community grows and changes, new paths will arise. The concept of landings extends from the land itself to each person’s sense of being, and we all hold memories of the places that shape our days. View writing and thinking prompts created to engage with place, water, and season and to connect literacy and land with a sense of balance, agency, and regard of place."


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