Thanks to video production team Angela Cochran and Tony Evans, the January 8 Celebration of Poetry was recorded for all to enjoy. So, in case you missed this event or would like to see it again, you may watch it here.

On January 8, 2023, ‘Poetry Moves,’ created by nonprofit Artstra in partnership with C-Tran honored poets who have engaged, delighted, and inspired riders with poems on buses since 2016. This multifaceted celebration of poetry took place at Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest was guest of honor and former Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan (2018-21) “passed the pen” to Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino (2021-24). The afternoon event included readings from Poetry Moves poets from its past five seasons as well as interpretive dance and music.

“The collaboration of Artstra and C-Tran,” says Poetry Moves Program Director LaRae Zawodny, “has brought something special to the community—an opportunity for connection—for poets to hone and share their voices, and enrichment for those who hear them.” Artstra, C-Tran, the Clark County Arts Commission, Humanities Washington, ArtsWA, and Magenta Theater joined together in support of this event.