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“Poetry on the Move” Puts Poetry on Public Transit

Winning Poems and Poetry Car Cards to be Unveiled
WHAT: 
April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, this year, the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate teams up with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, and Arts Council Silicon Valley to put poetry in VTA buses and light rail vehicles.
 
The poems are printed on car cards and available in every VTA bus and light rail car for the entire months of April and May. During their commutes, public transit riders can now enjoy the winning poems composed by Santa Clara County residents.
 
WHO:
Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
Poets - Mark Heinlein, San Jose; Dennis Noren, Campbell; Danielle Roberts, Santa Clara;
Mayor Tony Spitaleri reading for Diana Clarke, Sunnyvale
Barbara Goldstein, Public Art Program Director, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose
Nancy Glaze, Executive Director, Arts Council Silicon Valley
Joe Miller, Project Artist
 
WHEN:
TOMORROW - Friday, April 6, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
 
WHERE:
News Conference Room, Lower Level
County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose
 
WHY:
In December 2011, the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton called for submission of poems of 50 words or less that relate to the theme of “invention” to capture the spirit of “making new” that shapes our county. Over 100 residents participated and five winners were selected and will have their poems displayed on transit car cards inside the vehicles.
 
Media Contacts: Contact:  Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;   Anna Weldon, Arts Council Silicon Valley (408) 998-2787, ext. 217; Brandi Childress, VTA (408) 952-4297
Posted on: April 5, 2012