Better Than Never: Bringing 2015 to a Close

For me, the new year begins the day after the Winter Solstice, when the days begin to lengthen again. And as I do every 12 months about this time, I’ve started to panic about what I didn’t get done, what I promised and failed to do, what I really, really meant to do… Sound familiar? This year I’ve decided late is OK, that it is almost always is better than never. So here’s the first of what will likely be a few posts about things I meant to share with you ages ago.

Poetry On Buses

4Culture and King County Metro reinvented its fabulous, populist “Poetry on Buses” program – did you catch it? 365 short poems in multiple languages, from people of all ages, on the theme “writing home” – just gorgeous.

banner-this-is-home1In case you missed it, here’s the link:

You can also listen to this KUOW story about the program.



Poetry on Buses: Writing Home



King County residents!  The Poetry on Buses project is back. This is great news – whether you’re a bus rider, a poet, or both. I’m delighted to see that the project is now multilingual, and includes free writing workshops in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese, taught by wonderful poets including project lead Roberto Ascalon, Anna Vasileskaya, Mohamed Shidane, Raul Sanchez and Ky Huu Nguyen.

The theme is “Writing Home.” I understand that there will be four buses dedicated to poetry and 366 poems online at

Submissions of 50 words or less are due by June 30, 2014.

Visit for all the details.