December 29, 2015
Thank you for sharing what “Writing Home” means to you, and thank you for experiencing poems on the bus, online and in your community.
The 2015 Collection remains online while we work on the next iteration of the program, this time together with our friends at the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Sound Transit. Stay tuned for a program announcement come National Poetry Month, April 2016.
September 11, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Poets begin reading at 3:00 pm
Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison Street
Come commemorate this year of Poetry on Buses at Seattle Center Festál’s Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed.
Stop by the 4Culture table any time from 12:30 – 4:30 pm, and be there at 3:00 pm for a special presentation by our Spanish-speaking poet, including: Catalina Cantú, Laura Cruz, Amaya Beroiz Elizalde, Jose Luis Espinoza, Victor Fuentes, Ana Garcia, Nora Giron-Dolce, Baudelio Llamas, Lindsay Little, and Raul Sanchez.
They’ll read their work in both Spanish and English, and we’ll share a toast to all who helped make the program such a success – many thanks to our good friends at DRY Soda for providing the “bubbly!”
September 11, 2015
Thanks to poets Nhan-Kiet Ngo and Tuyet Nguyen for sharing your words at Celebrate Little Saigon, an outdoor summer festival celebrating Vietnamese American food, arts, culture, and community held on August 22.
May 11, 2015
Poetry readings at the top of the hour every hour from noon-5pm. A full hour of poetry and music by Love City Love from 5-6PM.
Angela Amos, Janée Baugher, Jim Cantú, April De Nonno, Nora Girón-Dolce, Sholonda Higgins, Barbara McMichael, & Adrien Sebree.
Chelsea Bolan, Mercedes García, Douglas Lidz, L. J. Morin, Tuyet Nguyen, & Gaurav Rajasekar.
Jim Cantú, April De Nonno, Nelya Galiakbarova, Anna Galipeau, Fredda Jaffe, & Hamda Yusuf.
Laura Cruz, Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti, Elisheba Johnson, M Mojica, & Monica Rojas.
Aaron Biddlecom, Jasmine Campbell, Rebecca Dietz, Victor Fuentes, Gitana Garofalo, Sholonda Higgins, & Adrien Sebree.
Angela Amos, Catalina Cantú, Alexa Fay, Ann Teplick, Imani Sims, Kaili Jacobsen, Ekaterina Bryant, Melanie Masson, & Nora Girón-Dolce.
Earnie Ashwood, Felisha Barnes, Isaac Castillo, Olisa Enrico, Amos Miller and Jeff Terad
April 1, 2015
Let’s explore “home” together – interrogating, complicating and celebrating the question “Where are you From?” Let’s do it with poetry – at select libraries and at the Folklife Festival.
Join Michelle Peñaloza for poetry readings from some of this year’s poets, plus poetry writing workshops at the libraries, and music by Love City Love on the Poetry Bus at Folklife.
27100 164th Ave SE
1111 110th Ave NE
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
October 29, 2014
For this year’s Poetry on Buses, we hosted a series of eight Community Poetry Workshops that explored “home” and showcased some of the rich poetic traditions of King County. These bilingual workshops were a unique opportunity for participants to hear poetry and learn poetic forms from expert poets writing in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Participants heard lyricists recite the Vietnamese epic Luc bát form backed up by karaoke, explored the deep symbolism of goats and camels in Somali poetry, broke bread as they listened to Russian Bardic poetry, and clapped out (and sang!) Spanish verses to the rhythm of the Son Jarocho poetic form.
During each workshop we used meditative visualization exercises to conjure up concrete sensory details of home: sights, sounds, and smells. Then, using a simple free writing technique, we wrote poems alongside one another. Each session concluded with an opportunity to celebrate by reading the poems out loud.
It was a rare and beautiful chance to reach out and connect with each other through language, to explore deep poetic traditions and build a vibrant creative writing community… all in under three hours.