Nonprofit seeking poetry submissions for C-TRAN buses

Nine poems to be selected by state poet laureate

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The nonprofit Artstra is accepting submissions for the 13th season of its Poetry Moves program in collaboration with C-TRAN, for a new group of poems to be showcased on C-TRAN buses beginning in October 2023.

The program welcomes poets of any age living in the greater Vancouver-Portland regional area served by C-TRAN and surrounding counties. This includes residents of Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

A maximum of two poems may be submitted, each of which must not exceed seven lines and must be the poet’s original work. Nine poems will be selected by Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True, who will provide a 10th poem of her own to complete the Season 13 collection. All poets selected will receive a $100 honorarium.

More information, including detailed guidelines and submission form, can be found at

Submitted poems are due by Aug. 15.

Poetry Moves is a program of Artstra in collaboration with C-TRAN, providing poetry on bus channel cards in all C-TRAN buses. Every year 10 new poems by local and regional poets or student poets are selected. All buses in the C-TRAN fleet display two different poem cards.

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