New ‘Poetry in Motion’ series unveiled

A Trip Home by Jerry McElveen

Richland College and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) are kicking off their ninth year of presenting Poetry in Motion, a celebration to support the love of literature featured in public transportation.

Fifteen poems will be highlighted this year including a poem excerpt by Richland College’s Poet Laureate, Professor Jerry McElveen. Richland Adjunct English Instructor Martha Heimberg’s poetry also will be featured in this year’s series.

DART brought Poetry in Motion to North Texas in 1998 as a way to give riders a chance to take a mental break from their day. The colorful, boldly designed posters appear in more than 600 buses and 60 light rail vehicles for more than 300,000 riders to enjoy each day. In 1999, Richland College partnered with DART in support of this national program coordinated by the Poetry Society of America.

Since its founding 10 years ago, the U.S. program, inspired by a similar program in the London Underground, has expanded to 14 cities across the country, reaching 13 million people daily.

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