2024 Writer by Bus Application

WRITER SOUGHT FOR SHORT-TERM TRANSIT RESIDENCY
APPLY BY MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 29

We are pleased to announce the call for our seventh Writer by Bus. Ride Solutions, the City of Roanoke Arts Commission, and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are once again partnering to present a unique suite of public art projects celebrating the role of transit and artists in our community. We are seeking original family-friendly content that creatively and constructively celebrates our community and its potential. Transit riders and writers of color are encouraged to apply.


Background

The collaborative Art by Bus includes a range of artistic engagements in transit to increase transit ridership and celebrate our transit system. It can include visual art on the sides of buses, musicians performing on buses, and literary artists taking inspiration from riding on buses.

The Writer by Bus aspect of the project engages a literary artist in riding the bus during April and or May and creating a short body of work to be released in September. It’s a fun celebration and community building effort, and we hope you’ll take part in it in some way. Visit www.ridesolutions.org/artbybus for past chapbooks and information on the entire Art by Bus project.

We invite literary artists to apply by February 29 to be our 2024 Writer by Bus.

Artist JC Stallings and 2024 Artist by Bus Eva Lynch-Comer at the September 23 Art by Bus Celebration.

Project Goals

★ To draw attention to the important role public transportation plays in connecting our neighborhoods and communities,
★ To reflect on the role of transit in creating a just, healthy, and welcoming community that works for all residents,
★ To encourage transit ridership and celebrate riders,
★ To share the work of artists and the arts in making Roanoke a better place, and
★ To encourage riders, residents, and Roanoke visitors to explore and participate in the community around them.


Timeline: 

February 29, 2024, midnight Applications due
March 22, 2024  Selected writer and applicants notified 
April 1, 2024  Project onset
June 30. 2024  Deliverables finalized and submitted by author
September 2024  Transit Month celebrations and public reading


Application Process

Individual writers or writer groups may submit an application using the entry form below. Before you begin your application, gather all of your materials, including a writing sample, a résumé and references.

A panel of representatives from the sponsoring organizations, community members and writers will review the applications and select the writer(s). The panel seeks original family-friendly content that creatively and constructively celebrates our community and its potential. Transit riders and writers of color are encouraged to apply.

Writer By Bus Application – 2024

Apply here: You will need to have ready your CV or resume, your writing sample, and your references.

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Reference: Please include the name and contact information of someone you have worked closely with on a creative project.(Required)