Winning selections for annual poetry contest announced Thursday

VIA Metropolitan Transit will recognize the winners of its ninth annual “Poetry on the Move” contest Thursday, March 29, 2018.  The popular poetry competition is held each year in observance of National Poetry Month. Winning entries are brought to life with illustrations provided by artists from four area art programs, and the pieces will be featured inside buses, throughout VIA’s fleet for the month of April

“VIA is pleased to provide opportunities for poets and artists to express their creativity through the traveling exhibit that is Poetry on the Move, for nearly a decade,” VIA President and CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. “This contest is an inspiring fusion of the literary, auditory, and metrical aspects of poetry with the visual arts in our community. The artworks provide connections between the poets, artists, and our riders — all quite moving, in every aspect of the word.”

Poetry on the Move is open to persons living in Central and South Texas who are at least 18 years old. Past Poetry on the Move winners include San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Brown, Texas Poet Laureate Karla Morton, and award-winning children’s book author, Diane Gonzales Bertrand.

Here is a list of the winning selections for VIA’s Poetry on the Move 2018. Click on each title to view the poem.

• Christine Boldt – “Icons”
• Sally Clark – “Buffalos at Rest”
• Sarah Colby – “Her Bike”
• Karen K. Davidson – “The Reach of Trees”
• Anthony Gordon – “Family”
• Martha K. Grant – “Her Old Rosary”
• Michael Gullickson – “Before There Was an Alphabet”
• Karla K. Morton – “You there, in the throes of your commute”
• Linda Simone – “Haiku for the Supermoon”
• Eddie Vega – “Carne Asada”

An additional 10 entries were received through the San Antonio Public Library’s Young Pegasus program. These entries are listed below:

• Alessandro Antonio Castagnini – “Sick”
• Michaela Christy – “Fire”
• Marie Comeau – “Fireflies”
• Octavio Aviv Flores-Chasnoff – “Words”
• Adelaide Mae Helgeson – “Picky”
• Anna Hurd – “Fog”
• Julian Knapp – “Middle of Chaos”
• Niema Lisette Maes – “The Man On The Bench”
• Juliana Sol Martinez – “A Lie That Daddy Told Me”
• Hazel Marie Spedding – “The Honey Badger”

A total of 20 poems were sent to the following local art programs, where they were illustrated for VIA bus interior cards: North East School of the Arts, the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, SAY Sí Youth Arts Program, and the Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design.


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