Poetry In Motion

A public art project, Poetry in Motion displays short poems (and excerpts from longer poems) on transit ads in buses throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality in the fall of each year. In 2020, poems will also be displayed on Transit Cape Breton buses.

Upcoming Installations

The 2020 Poetry in Motion submission theme, “journeys,” was open to broad interpretation, touching on journeys outward, journeys back home, the passage of time, and other forms of travel, transportation, and exploration.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia received submissions for Poetry in Motion until May 31, 2020. Eligible poets were residents of Nova Scotia over the age of 16 years. Eligible poems were original, published or unpublished creations of 10 lines or fewer (including stanza breaks) that were suitable for a general audience of all ages. Each poet could submit a single poem or excerpt for consideration. There was no entry fee.

The final selection of poems was determined by a jury consisting of two Nova Scotian poets, Jaime Forsythe and Sylvia D. Hamilton, and Karen Dahl from Halifax Public Libraries.

Selected from over 120 submissions, poems by these ten writers will be featured:

  • Lorri Neilsen Glenn
  • Sue Goyette
  • Asha Jeffers
  • Nanci Lee
  • Vanessa Lent
  • Tiffany Morris
  • Nolan Natasha
  • Anna Quon
  • Samantha Sternberg
  • Evelyn C. White

Past Installations

"Home" (2019)

The 2019 Poetry in Motion submission theme, “home,” was open to broad interpretation, touching on ideas of transport, transit, accessibility, the East Coast, city living, coming home, and leaving home.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia received submissions for Poetry in Motion until May 31, 2019. Eligible poets were residents of Nova Scotia over the age of 16 years. Eligible poems were original, published or unpublished creations of 10 lines or fewer (including stanza breaks) that were suitable for a general audience of all ages. Each poet could submit a single poem or excerpt for consideration. There was no entry fee.

The final selection of poems was determined by a jury consisting of Karen Dahl, Andre Fenton, Amanda Peters, and Alison Smith.

Poetry in Motion celebration 2019

The work of ten poets was featured:

  • Afua Cooper
  • Jaime Forsythe
  • Sue Goyette
  • Shauntay Grant
  • Sylvia D. Hamilton
  • Shalan Joudry
  • Cory Lavender
  • Matt Robinson
  • Eleonore Schönmaier
  • Anne Simpson

Each poet received a $200 honorarium and was invited to read their work at the Poetry in Motion Celebration, held at Halifax Central Library on November 4, 2019, and hosted by Alison Smith, winner of the 2019 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award. The event featured readings by Afua Cooper, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Cory Lavender, and Matt Robinson.

The poster for each poem was illustrated by Jack Wong.

Poems selected for 2019

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Investors and Partners

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Arts Nova Scotia for their investment in Poetry in Motion and to the Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Public Libraries for their partnership in realizing this project.

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