Launched in 1992 by the Poetry Society of America and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Poetry in Motion® is today one of the most popular public literary programs in American history.

Poetry in Motion® places poetry in the transit systems
of cities throughout the country, helping to create a national readership for both emerging and established poets.

Over the past 20 years the program has appeared in over twenty cities, including:

Amherst, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boise, Chicago,
Columbus, Dallas, East Lansing, MI, Fresno, Fort Collins, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Missoula, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Salt Lake City, the Twin Cities, and Washington D.C.

Search the Poetry in Motion® Atlas to find poems and posters that have appeared in the program throughout its history.

Responses to the program

  • They are a delight; I smile every time I find a new one…Please continue to place these signs of humanity in among the monotony of the bus and other transportation. —Susie Estrada
  • I just want to thank you for some of the wonderful poems you've put up over the last few years.
    —Karen Romeo
  • So nice to see art and poetry instead of advertisements.
    —Al Rivera
  • Reading the poems while I am in transit helps me to realize and remember that there is so much more to life than just earning money.
    —Judith Mary Gee
  • This is just great…helps keep people's mind occupied on something positive. It's kind of rough riding the bus.
    —Ken Wimberley
  • Finding a poem on a bus is like a gift. It makes people realize they are not alone. I love the fact that the poems are at eye level because the words capture people.
    —Roni Walter


The Poetry in Motion® program has generated several publications which are available in bookstores across the country.
Poetry In Motion® From Coast To Coast was published by W. W. Norton (2002) and includes 120 poems from subways and buses across the country.

Poetry In Motion®: 100 Poems from the Buses and subways was published by W. W. Norton (1996) and was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association and the American Library Association
Poetry in Motion® Postcard Book, which preserves the poems in their original poster layout, was published by Marlowe & Co. (1996)

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Poetry in Motion® is a joint registered trademark of the Poetry Society of America and MTA/New York City Transit Authority.