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Metro presents Live Poetry Readings to Rush-hour Commuters at Union Station April 30

Friday April 17, 2009

In a tribute to National Poetry Month and the 11th anniversary of Poetry in Motion® readings in Los Angeles, Metro and the Poetry Society of America present acclaimed California poets Elena Karina Byrne, Brendan Constantine and Mindy Nettifee in a live poetry reading during the afternoon rush hour, April 30, at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

  • Union Station is stage for annual National Poetry Month readings as poets invite rush-hour commuters to cherish the moment during National Poetry Month of April
  • Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Union Station East Portal
    One Gateway Plaza, downtown Los Angeles 90012


Commemorative bookmarks, inscribed with the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Octavio Paz, will be distributed to commuters, passers-by and poetry lovers.

The program is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

The rush-hour readings personify and extend the experience of Poetry in Motion ® L.A., where the work of poets inscribed on placards placed aboard nearly 2,400 Metro buses brings poetry to more than one million bus riders a day.

Metro, in partnership with Poetry in Motion® L.A., has staged annual rush-hour readings during National Poetry Month since 1998. The alternative space in the context of a transit system has become a welcome platform for the spoken and written word, delivered to delighted audiences by published poets in great performances.

Metro seeks to change public perception about transit and to transform the customer’s experience through excellence in art and design. Central to this objective, Metro Creative Services includes the agency’s in-house design studio, which creates Metro’s brand communications, and the agency’s art and design excellence programs, which commission wide-ranging projects by visual artists and promote overall design quality of customer environments.

From intelligently designed, user-friendly customer information, engaging and effective advertising and a newly designed fleet of buses and trains to large scale site-specific artworks by world-class artists and live poetry readings, Metro employs art and design to create a sense of place, engage transit riders, and improve the quality of life throughout Southern California.

For more information about Metro Art and its free docent guided tours, visit or call Metro Art at 213-922-4ART.

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