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Celebrating 25 Years of Poetry in Motion®

April 17, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$10 / Free for Museum Members
Car Card from Poetry in Motion program, featuring poem "A Strange Beautiful Woman" by Marilyn Nelson with artwork of woman gazing at butterflies on a purple background by Philemona Williamson.

Poetry in Motion® has placed poetry in New York City’s transit system for more than 25 years, starting with an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in 1992 and growing to include more than 200 poems to be seen by millions of subway and bus riders every day. Each of the poems has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. Join the Poetry Society of America and MTA Arts & Design at the New York Transit Museum to reflect on the last quarter-century and to celebrate The Best of Poetry in Motion, an anniversary anthology of 100 poems from the program.

The evening will include live music; archival photos; readings by featured poets Marilyn Nelson and Nathalie Handal; and a conversation between Nelson, Handal, featured artists Philemona Williamson and Raúl ColónAlice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, and Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design.

All audience members will receive a MetroCard with a Poetry in Motion poem printed on the back. Those who purchase a copy of The Best of Poetry in Motion ($15.95)  will receive a MetroCard signed by Marilyn Nelson featuring her poem “A Strange Beautiful Woman.”


Image: Poetry in Motion Car Card featuring poetry by Marilyn Nelson and artwork from Philemona Williamson’s “Seasons” (2007) at Livonia Avenue station on the L Train. Designed by Tess O’Loughlin. Featured on subway cars and buses in the past year.

This program is brought to you in collaboration with MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America.

Inspiring and delighting riders throughout the New York City metropolitan area for more than 30 years, MTA Arts & Design (formerly Arts for Transit & Urban Design) has commissioned exceptional permanent and temporary art, yielding a rich and varied collection of over 300 art projects that span the MTA system.

The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.

Stop by the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn to view pieces featured on buses and subway cars through the Poetry in Motion program, now on view.

For information on wheelchair access, American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit the accessibility page on the Museum’s website.


April 17, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 / Free for Museum Members
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Shaelyn Amaio


Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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