JUNEAU - Poetry OmniBus, together with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Capital Transit, are looking for this year's fresh and surprising poems from Juneau locals. Poetry writers can submit in either the youth (fifth-grade through high school) or adult categories. The submission period closes Jan. 5.
Classroom teachers and their students may want to start thinking now about short poems and writing some first drafts. An educator's packet has been e-mailed to the Juneau School District for dissemination to all schools. However, instructors are also invited to e-mail PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com and request an educator's packet. Information includes a submission log to record student submissions, literary terminology, descriptions of forms, useful Web sites and more.
Poems must be original works written by Juneau residents, on any topic, in 10 lines or fewer and must suitable for a general audience. Poems will be selected by a panel of published poets. To read poems that have appeared in past years, hop on the bus and start reading. You can also find poems in three-ring binders at the reference desk in every public library.
The winning poets will be invited to perform at two events. The first event, coinciding with Cabin Fever, will take place on March 13, when poets and members of the public will ride a Capital Transit bus and read the winning poems aloud. All winning poets will be asked to read their submissions at a more formal poetry reading on March 14 at the downtown library. All poems submitted will be published in the binders retained by the public library.
Robyn Holloway, also a poet, will organize Poetry OmniBus 2009 for her second year and can be reached by e-mail at PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com.