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“Charlottesville Then and Now” Poetry Reading

Bus Lines Celebrates Charlottesville's 250th Anniversary

The latest Bus Lines poetry reading, on Wednesday 3/21, celebrates Charlottesville's 250th birthday with poems on the theme of Charlottesville Then and Now.
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
and Bus Lines invite the public to travel through time with a poetry reading that celebrates winners in the latest Bus Lines contest. In honor of Charlottesville’s 250th Anniversary this year, the contest solicited poems and flash fiction works on the theme of “Charlottesville Then and Now.”

The Bus Lines poetry reading on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 PM is an official Virginia Festival of the Book event, and will be held at the Downtown Transit Station (615 East Water Street).

The event will also feature work by local photographer Steve Trumbull, whose photo history website pairs historic images of Charlottesville with photos of the current day location. Additional information on the poetry reading is available at and

In addition to thoughts on local history and how Charlottesville has changed over time, a variety of creative interpretations of “Then” and “Now” are found in the subjects of the 51 winning poems and flash fiction works, such as technology, relationships, old photographs, and even Bodo’s Bagels. Poster-size versions of the winning entries will be displayed this spring and summer on City buses.

In collaboration with CAT, Bus Lines engages area poets from schools and the community through a unique opportunity to display their work publicly. Since Summer 2009, Bus Lines has installed 660 poster cards on City buses, and featured 230 original poems by 194 local poets. Regularly-held readings help to celebrate the poets and their work. Through a special partnership with Special Collections at the University of Virginia Library, all winning Bus Lines poems are deposited into UVA’s permanent collections.

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