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NC Poetry on the Bus

Submissions for NC Poetry on the Bus are now CLOSED.
Watch for our next call for submissions in early 2015.

Raleigh Review is in its third year of sponsoring NC Poetry on the Bus, which places poems by NC poets on the Raleigh R-Line buses during April for National Poetry Month. There are approximately 20,000 riders on the R-Line each month. This unusual context for poetry deepens the readers’ experience by making literature part of the everyday world and fostering the opportunity for conversation amongst neighbors.

Congratulations to the following poets whose poems were selected for 2014:

“Home” by Jodi Barnes, Cary, NC

“Read” by Liesl Dineen, Raleigh, NC

“The Truth About Nelly” by Ricky Garni, Carrboro, NC

 “We thought delayed-gratification was a single word” by Mary Hennessy, Raleigh, NC

 “Copperhead” by Florence Nash, Durham, NC

 “catch and release” by Anna Weaver, Cary, NC

Thanks to all who submitted poems—and enjoy Poetry on the Bus!

Submissions are now closed, but it's never to early to think about next year. Here are the 2014 guidelines (2015 will likely be similar):
  • You must be a resident of North Carolina.
  • Send up to three (3) poems to PUT THE POEMS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL. Attachments will NOT be opened.
  • Poems may be no longer than 14 lines.
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages; there can be no reference to drugs, alcohol, etc. All poems have to be approved by the transit authority.
  • Poems may be previously published, but please indicate if that is the case.
  • There is no payment for the use of these poems (other than visibility to 20,000 riders!); there is also no submission fee.
  • Send your poems by Friday, February 28, 2014.

A Sample 2013 NC Poetry on the Bus Poem