Poetry Omnibus reception scheduled for Saturday

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010

The 2010 Juneau Poetry Omnibus competition comes to a close this weekend with a formal poetry reading and reception for the winning entrants.

The Poetry Omnibus project is a community-wide literary outreach program that aims to provide enlightenment and inspiration to bus passengers and aspiring writers. The contest was open from December 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010, after which date all qualified entries went before a panel of judges that included former Alaska State Laureate Richard Dauenhauer, current Alaska State Laureate Nancy Lord, and published poets Emily Wall and Jenifer Rae Vernon. After the results were tallied, 16 people were selected for publication of their poetry on the Capital Transit buses for one year beginning March 14.

The top eight adult winners are Michael Christenson, Bob Fagen, Grace Lumba, Brierley Ostrander, Mary Anne Slemmons, Richard Stokes, and Margo Waring.

Our eight youth winners are Brickie Durand, Olivia Fletcher, Cristian Guzman, Madeline Handley, Tristan Mead, Margaret Ross, Zeke Thompson, and Karl Tagaban.

The winning poets have been invited to read their submissions at a formal poetry reading to be held this Saturday March 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown public library. The reading is open to the public and Friends of the Library will provide refreshments. Additionally, all submitted poems that met the criteria for competition have been published in manuscript format along with the winning entrants and will be available for viewing at any of the Juneau public libraries.

Juneau poet Robyn Holloway and UAS student assistant Deborah Corso organized this year's competition, made possible through the support of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Capital Transit, Printing & Trade Company, and the Juneau Public Libraries.

Contact Juneau Arts & Humanities Council or poetryomnibus@hotmail.com for more information.

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