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VANCOUVER – Poetry in Transit launches 24th year of local poetry program

The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is excited to announce the 2020/21 Poetry in Transit selections.

Each year a collection of poetry car cards is produced featuring the work of BC-authored and Canadian-published poets. Now in its 24th year, this project, made possible through a partnership with TransLink and BC Transit, is an opportunity to showcase local poets.

The 2020/21 Poetry in Transit poets and featured books are:
Dominique Bernier-Cormier (Vancouver) – Correspondent, Goose Lane Editions
Susan Buis (Knutsford) – Gatecrasher, Invisible Publishing
Francine Cunningham (Vancouver) – On/Me, Caitlin Press
Ruth Daniell (Kelowna) – The Brightest Thing, Caitlin Press
Adrienne Drobnies (Vancouver) – Salt and Ashes, Signature Editions
Cornelia Hoogland (Hornby Island) – Cosmic Bowling, Guernica Editions
Kyla Jamieson (Vancouver) – Body Count, Nightwood Editions
Fiona Tinwei Lam (Vancouver) – Odes & Laments, Caitlin Press
John Pass (Madeira Park) – This Was the River, Harbour Publishing
Russel Thornton (North Vancouver) – The Broken Face, Harbour Publishing

Poetry in Transit has been running since 1996, making it the longest-running poetry on transit program in Canada. Poems eligible for the project must be by writers who reside in BC and published in book form by Canadian publishers. Poems are submitted by publishers and selected by a jury. The 2020/21 jury included poets Evelyn Lau and Rob Taylor, and Jennifer Froese from TransLink.

Eight of featured poets will be reading in a virtual launch event as part of the Word Vancouver festival, Friday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. PST. Join host Evelyn Lau for readings by Dominique Bernier-Cormier, Susan Buis, Francine Cunningham, Ruth Daniell, Adrienne Drobnies, Cornelia Hoogland, Kyla Jamieson, and Fiona Tinwei Lam. More information at wordvancouver.ca.

Over the next year, keep your eyes peeled for 2020/21 Poetry in Transit car cards on buses throughout Metro Vancouver, and share your sightings using the #PoetryInTransit hashtag. When you share a photo and/or your response to the poem on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #PoetryInTransit, you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three book prize packs. Read the full contest details and find out more about the project at poetryintransit.ca.

Date: September 25, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Virtual, 00