A couple of items have been lingering in the haiku file, with thanks to Michael Dylan Welch, who keeps us in the loop.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is a non-profit 501(c)(6) that works to enhance Washington, DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street NW to New Hampshire Avenue NW. Among their many initiatives is the now-annual spring-themed Golden Haiku Contest. In March 2017, more than a hundred haiku signs were installed in downtown Washington flower beds. You can see the words on the Golden Haiku Winners page.

In another bit of MDW-supplied haiku news, this one from Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Bill Waters hung two dozen of his small haiku signs (mobiles? mixed-media sculptures?) that he calls “Haiku in the Wild” as part of the Aurora Alpaca and Llama Farm annual Llamapaloosa. Photos here.

As long as we’re on the subject, you may want to note for your calendar that Haiku North America 2017 takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 13–17, 2017, and the tenth-anniversary Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be held October 26–29, 2017, at the Seabeck Conference Center (2017 isn’t posted yet, but here’s a link to the 2016 conference page). ‘Sense of taste’ is this year’s theme.


poetry in public

December 8, 2014

The Public Poetry Project

(Please pardon the profuse plosives of this posting.) Since 1999, Penn State’s Public Poetry Project has made poetry more available in the daily lives of Pennsylvanians by placing poems in public places. Each year, a committee of poets selects poems by poets with some connection to Pennsylvania. The chosen works are printed as posters and distributed to schools, libraries and businesses throughout the state and the poets are invited to share their words at a public reading. This seems like such a good idea.

Learn more about the Public Poetry Project and view a larger version of the poster featuring Stephen Berg’s poem, “What I Wanted to Say.”

poetry on the bus…

April 30, 2013

Poetry in Transit, Pennsylvania

Each year, the winning poems from the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest are turned into beautiful placards (by Egress Studio) and displayed inside Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) buses, riding around Whatcom County for an entire year.

We’re always happy to find other communities that treat bus riders to poetry, including the area around Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, which is served by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. Founded in 2007 by Wilkes University Associate Professor of English Dr. Mischelle Anthony (who still coordinates the program), Poetry in Transit posted well-known poets the first year, but since then has put out a call to local residents as well as students and faculty at four area colleges. Each year’s poems address a theme and are limited to six lines or fewer.

The 2013 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest placards will be placed in WTA buses in about July. Meanwhile, enjoy the 2012 poems while they last.

Read about other poetry-on-the-bus programs.
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Poetry in Transit design by Mark Golaszewski

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