Director of Communications
(St. Louis, MO) Metro has announced the winners of the 2013 Poetry in Motion Contest sponsored by Metro Arts in Transit and the Poetry Society of America. Eleven poems were selected for publication and will be displayed on MetroLink trains and MetroBus vehicles for up to one year.
Frank Kras from St. Louis submitted two winning poems: “Keys” and “Impersonal Belongings.” Antoinette Crayton from Florissant, Missouri won for her poem titled “Time Pieces.” Aaron Williams from St. Louis won for his poem titled “Insight.” Linda O’Connell’s winning poem is titled “Bygones.” She is also from St. Louis. Sandra Cannida from St. Louis won for her poem titled “Relapse.” Heather Elizabeth Lynn Adams Farrar’s winning poem is titled “Let a ‘Word’ Be:” She is from St. Charles, Missouri. Grady Manus from Defiance, Missouri won for his poem titled “A Life.” Madeline Jean Jackson from Florissant, Missouri won with her poem titled “St. Louey Woman.” Patt Hollinger Pickett from St. Louis was also a winner with a poem titled “Travelling Regrets.” Elona Johnson from Florissant, Missouri won for her poem titled “The Seeker.”
“Congratulations to the winning poets. They come from diverse areas all around the St. Louis region,” said David Allen, Metro Arts in Transit Director. The authors had to live within a 50-mile radius of the City of St. Louis. The contest was open to poets of all ages. A panel of literary professionals from the St. Louis region judged the 115 entries.
The winning authors have been invited to read their poems at a special ceremony on November 29, 2012 at the Regional Arts Commission. Each winner will receive a $50 award.
The winning poems will be published at a future date on the Arts in Transit website (www.artsintransit.org).
The Metro Arts in Transit program has sponsored various poetry and literacy contests over the past two decades. The 2013 Poetry in Motion® contest receives financial support from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.
Poetry in Motion® was launched in 1992 by the Poetry Society of America and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City to create a national readership for both emerging and established poets while making bus and subway rides more enjoyable.