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Metro Arts Brings 'Poetry In Motion' Collaboration to Nashville

Greg Bailey

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Metro Arts

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Greg Bailey


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Winning Poems To Be Displayed On MTA Buses in April


            NASHVILLE, Tenn.– April 4, 2013 – Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts), Metropolitan Nashville 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 this month.

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.

Earlier this year, emerging and established poets in Nashville were invited to submit entries, and a jury panel of professionals selected 11 finalists to have their poems displayed in the advertising section inside MTA buses.

“We are pleased to once again be a partner in this wonderful initiative.  It is a great opportunity for people in our community to review the works of such a talented group of artists on our buses,” said Paul J. Ballard, Nashville MTA /RTA CEO.“It is also another great passenger amenity we are providing to transit customers to make their commutes as enjoyable as possible.”

The winning poets are:

Randy Foster, former Metro Nashville Council member and Nashville attorney;

Kana Gaines, Tennessee State University student and founder, One Drop Journal; Christine Hall,a Nashville poet;

Katie Lewis, local freelance writer and employee at Emma, Inc.;

Alissa Lindemann, a Belmont University student;

Austin Paramore, a Vanderbilt University student and member of Vanderbilt Spoken Word;

Stephanie Pruitt, an arts education instructor at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University;

Lj Ratliff, a local poet and licensed clinical social worker;

Suzanne Richter, a poet and student at Fairleigh Dickinson University;

Sara Zavaleta, a Vanderbilt University student;

and Kat Zhang, a Vanderbilt University student and novelist.

April is National Poetry Month, and the poems will be displayed on Nashville MTA buses, beginning the second week of April, to be enjoyed by the transit system’s 800,000 riders.

“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 teamed with Nossi College of Art to design the 2013 Poetry in Motion® advertising campaign. Matthew Harris, an Illustration student, was chosen as the lead designer for the project,following a student competition.

"We love getting our students involved in projects like this," said Libby Funke, Nossi’s student activities and communication coordinator. "It gives them the chance to gain real experience by working with real clients, while they are still in school. Metro Arts is a big supporter of this program Nossi offers."


Aboutthe 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 Metropolitan Nashville 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 Nossi College of Art

Nossi College of Art, located just north of downtown Nashville, is a small, private college specializing in educating creative students. Nossi offers bachelor and associate degrees in videography,photography, interactive design and illustration. In 2013, Nossi will celebrate teaching creative students for 40 years. 


Aboutthe 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 artsto enrich the human experience for the community. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at