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September 19, 2018

Winners Selected for Annual MetroLines Poetry Contest

Metro Arts in Transit has selected 15 winners for the 2018 MetroLines poetry contest. St. Louis area poets were invited to enter their works for consideration, and 15 poems were chosen from the submissions. Each winning poet will receive a $100 prize and will have their original work reproduced on posters and displayed on MetroBus vehicles and MetroLink trains for up to one year.

The winning artists and the titles of their works are:

  • Dawn Dupler, “Ben Franklin Experiences Jimi Hendrix Backstage at London’s Astoria”
  • Ben Moeller-Gaa, haiku
  • Ellen Rohman, “Dressing Wounds”
  • Steven D Schroeder, “Some subjects are better / if we discuss in person”
  • Brigid Dolan, “Looking Glass”
  • John Savoie, “Autumnal”
  • Rachel Shields, “After Dark”
  • Katelyn Delvaux, “What My Father Should Have Said”
  • Markie Jo Crismon, “The others will hear a drum”
  • Dena Molen, “The Road Trip We Never Took”
  • Gaye Gambell-Peterson, “Intermission”
  • David Clewell, “Quality Control”
  • Dwight Bitikofer, “Candelabra”
  • Robert Lowes, “LIGHT HOUSE”
  • Rebecca Ellis, “Construction”

“A quiet ride on MetroBus or on a MetroLink train is a perfect setting to read, contemplate and appreciate wonderful poetry,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “I continue to be amazed by the incredibly talented community of poets living in the St. Louis area, and we are excited to have this opportunity to share their work with our transit riders.”

The MetroLines posters will be installed on MetroBus vehicles and MetroLink trains in October. They will also be showcased at the MetroLines Poetry Reading and Reception at 7 p.m. on October 11 at the Regional Arts Commission, located at 6128 Delmar Boulevard.

Poetry and art lovers will be able to meet the poets, hear the winning poems read by the poets and also enjoy poetry reading by the reception’s featured reader, poet and author Jason Vasser-Elong. Vasser-Elong is the author of “Shrimp” published by 2 Leaf Press. Currently a Program Specialist for the Missouri Arts Council, Vasser-Elong has an MFA in creative writing and poetry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

MetroLines is supported by funding from the Regional Arts Commission. To learn more about MetroLines, visit

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Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 83 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.

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