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NC Poetry on the Bus

Submissions for NC Poetry on the Bus are now CLOSED.


The NC Poetry on the Bus program places poems by North Carolina 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 among neighbors.

We will continue support for this project every other year (NCPOTB is now on an odd year schedule). 
The NC Poetry on the Bus program will go live once again in April 2017.

The 2016-2017 guidelines:

NC Poetry on the Bus Submissions via Submittable are closed.
  • You must have either resided in NC in the past or you must be a resident of North Carolina.
  • Send up to three (3) poems to us via Submittable
  • Poems may be no longer than 14 lines.
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages; there can be no reference to drugs, alcohol, etc. Final publication must be approved by Raleigh Review AND the City of Raleigh.
  • 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 Wednesday, February 25, 2016.
  • We will announce the selections in early March on our website, on our Facebook page, and in our monthly newsletter. If you submit poems, we assume you're interested in the results, so we will add your email address to our newsletter mailing list to ensure you receive the announcement. Of course you can unsubscribe at any time.
We look forward to reading your North Carolina poetry!

Congratulations to our 2015 NC Poetry on the Bus Poets!

April is National Poetry Month and with it comes Raleigh Review's fourth year of North Carolina Poetry on the Bus. Poems by the following poets will ride the R-Line buses in downtown Raleigh during April!

Malaika Albrecht, Ayden, “Winging It”
Bartholomew Barker, Hillsborough, “I think therefore I am”
Peg Bresnahan, Cedar Mountain, “Wisteria”
Jim Clark, Wilson, “At Dusk”
Barbara Conrad, Charlotte, “We Set Aside a Best Teacher Plaque and a Small Box of Hand-painted Plates”
Kelly Jones, Valle Crucis, “After My Great-Grandmother’s Funeral”

Ride the R-Line bus in downtown Raleigh during April to see these North Carolina poems. There will be two on each bus!
A Sample 2014 NC Poetry on the Bus Poem
A Sample 2013 NC Poetry on the Bus Poem

A Sample 2012 NC Poetry on the Bus Poem