National Poetry Month is nearing its end. The Poetry Out Loud national finals (the inner workings of which Andrew Beaujon reported during his average day) take place at the Lisner Auditorium April 27-28, with Garrison Keillor, Tyne Daly, and others judging the kiddies’ recitations.

And tonight the winners of the 10th Anniversary MOVING WORDS Poetry Competition will read their poemsat the Dome Theatre in Arlington. Full presser after the jump.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, the winners of the 10th Anniversary MOVING WORDS Poetry Competition will read from their work at a Poetry Reading and Reception on TUESDAY (7pm until 9pm) APRIL 21, 2009 at the Dome Theatre (in the former Newseum space), 1101 Wilson Boulevard, in Arlington, Virginia.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  The winning poems will be displayed on 330 Metro buses in Northern Virginia from April 2009 through September 2009.  Judges included three of the Area’s most notable poets: Rod Jellema, Kwame Alexander, and Yael Flusberg chose the winning poems from more than 400 poems submitted by DC area poets.  The six poets and their poems are:

Jenna Lawrence, Global Change

Joyce Madelon Winslow, On the Other Side of the Poem

Barbara Ann Porte, talking on the telephone to my mother

Katy Richey, Dreadlocks

Mark Tarallo, The Last Time I Saw My Father

Kathi Wolfe, To Do List

Launched in 1999 during National Poetry Month, MOVING WORDS makes poetry a part of daily life for commuters in Northern Virginia and promotes the work of local writers.  Mounted on colorful posters by Kelley Albert Design, the poems are viewed by approximately 1.3 million Metro bus riders every month.  In 2009, in honor of its 10th Anniversary, the MOVING WORDS Poetry Competition was open not only to Arlington-based poets, but to all poets who live within the entire DC Metro transit zone.

Six poets are featured from April through September; they are selected through an annual competition with a deadline in January.  From October through March the poems of twelve Arlington Public School students are selected for display through a partnership with the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project.  The poems are exhibited in Metro buses that traverse Arlington County, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County, and Fairfax City.   All winning poems since 1999 can be seen on Arlington County’s CommuterPage.com web site, www.CommuterPage.com/Moving.htm

For more information about Moving Words and the 10th Anniversary Reading, THE PUBLIC703-228-1850, or visit www.arlingtonarts.org .  For info about National Poetry Month info, visit: www.poets.org/npm/.