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POETRY ON BUSES: An upcoming event will transport you.

Poetry works in metaphors, but we’re being literal when we tell you this:

An upcoming poetry event will transport you.

If you take the First Hill Streetcar from Broadway to the International District (ID) for this year’s Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, February 11, between noon and 1:30 PM, you’ll be treated to a live poetry reading along the way. In concert with King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses project, which has placed more than 350 original poems on local transit like Metro buses and the Streetcar, several local aspiring Asian poets will read their work on the way to the annual festivities.


Late in 2016, working with 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Metro, Sound Transit, and Seattle Streetcar, King County Metro received thousands of submissions for its Poetry on Buses project, soliciting poetry from King County residents. The only guidelines? The poems had to be 50-words or less and had to focus on the decidedly Pacific Northwest theme:


Your Body of Water


On this special Sunday, several aspiring poets from the Asian community will be reading their winning submissions on the route between Denny Way and the ID. See more of the Your Body of Water collection here.