If you take the First Hill Street Car from Broadway to the International District for this year’s Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, February 11, between Noon and 1:30pm, you will be treated to a live poetry reading along the way. In concert with King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses program, which has placed more than 350 original poems on local transit like Metro buses and the street car, several Asian and American Asian local aspiring 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 in 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 and Asian American community will be reading their winning submissions on the route between Denny Way and the ID.