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Hollins University hosted the debut reading by 2019 Writer by Bus, Lucy Marcus.  Lucy read a selection from her chapbook of short stories “Dandelion Wishes,” the result of her time riding and writing about Valley Metro this summer.

Lucy was joined by previous Writers by Bus Melanie Almeder, Meighan Sharp, Shari Dragovich, and Tim Thornton, who each read selections from their own works.  The evening covered the wide range of writing styles explored in the Writer by Bus program to date – short fiction, poetry, essays, and journalism.

Writer by Bus – a component of the Art by Bus initiative – partners with the Roanoke City Arts Commission to select an author through a competitive process each year.  The author is given a bus pass and the opportunity to ride Valley Metro over the course of one or two months, and then write about their experiences and the things that have inspired them.  The goal is to tell the stories about the lives affected by public transportation – the riders, their neighborhoods, and the community in general.

Limited-edition hardcopies of “Dandelion Wishes” and all previous chapbooks are available for sale on our webstore, while free PDFs can be downloaded from the Art by Bus page.


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