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Metro Arts Returns Poetry in Motion to Nashville

Jennifer Cole

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  

CONTACT:    Jennifer Cole


(615) 862-6733

Greg Bailey


(615) 248-8202



Entries Sought for Poetry To Be Displayed On Metro Transit Authority Buses


            NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Feb. 27, 2013 – Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Nashville Metro Transit Authority (MTA) and Nashville Scene are partnering to bring the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion® program here for the second year in April.

Created in 1992, Poetry in Motion® was designed to showcase classic and contemporary poetry in public transit vehicles. The program has appeared in more than 30 cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago,Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., and made its debut on Nashville MTA vehicles in 2012.

Emerging and established poets in Nashville are invited to submit entries to be considered for the 2013 program. Contest guidelines are available on the Metro Arts website at deadline for submissions is March 8.

Ten finalists will be selected to have their poems displayed in the advertising section inside MTA buses to be read by MTA’s 800,000 riders during the month of April, which is National Poetry Month.

“Poetry in Motion® is another effort to break down barriers between people and art forms,”said Jennifer Cole, executive director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.“Nashville is full of wonderful established and aspiring poets and we are excited to feature their work as a new form of public art, we hope to grow this initiative as we grow our transit system.”

Metro Arts will kick-off the Poetry in Motion® program and National Poetry Month with a free public performance at noon on April 4 in Church Street Park, 600 Church St., as part of the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s new “Picnic in the Park”series.


About the Poetry Society of America

The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, and understanding of poetry. Through a diverse array of programs, initiatives, contests, and awards, the Poetry Society of America works to build a larger audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the art, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. Additional information about the Poetry Society of America is available online at


About Nashville Metro Transit Authority

MTA operates 41 bus routes within Metro Nashville-Davidson Co. to nearly all areas including downtown Nashville, local universities, hospitals, businesses and many tourist attractions. For more information on Nashville MTA and regional transportation services, please call (615)862-5950.


About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is a commission of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, provides leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for the community. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at