Champaign Urbana Poetry Group MTD Poem 2017 - WINNER!

Congratulations to Urbana's Frank Modica for submitting the selected poem:


Rainbow Bus

The rush hour bus rumbles

down rain-slicked streets.

Standing room only:

A rainbow of conversations

spans countries, continents.

Language leaps aisles, vaults down steps,

hangs on to every word. Pay attention.

Borders shift at every stop.


Frank's poem will be posted inside 75 MTD buses running through Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy for the months of April, May, and June. Thanks again to our sponsors - CU MTD and Martin One Source - and of course, to Frank and all the other wonderful poets in this community who submitted poems. We hope to hear from you all again next year!


April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the CU Poetry Group, in conjunction with the Champaign-Urbana MTD and Martin One Source, is holding a free Poetry Contest open to all Champaign County students and residents. The winning poem will be prominently displayed during the months of April, May, and June, on 75 CU MTD community buses running throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy. The CU MTD averages over one million rides per month, which will offer great exposure to the winning poem. There is no fee to enter this contest.


Poetry Contest Guidelines

·        All poems must be original work of the poet and previously unpublished

·        Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming in any format

·        Poems will be evaluated on originality and creativity

·        Due to space limitations, poems can be no more than 8 lines in length and must fit on an 11X17 poster. Short forms are welcome but not required

·        Content must be suitable for public display

·        English language only

·        Poets of any age can enter

·        Only one poem per entry, one entry per person


How to Enter

·        Submit your entry in an email sent to with the subject line MTD Poems

·        If your poem is in a form that requires specific formatting, please attach it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Otherwise, you may include it in the body of the email

·        Include your name, age, hometown or school, email address and phone number in the body and in the attachment, if using one

·        Entry deadline is March 10, 2017



·        Winner will be contacted within 5 days of entry deadline

·        Winner’s name and school or hometown may be used in promotional announcements

·        Winner will receive one copy of finished poster

·         Poets retain all copyrights to the submitted poems


CU MTD Poem 2016 Winner

We eight short lines

give you a chance

to look at us

as if you meant to

and smile that smile

(you know the one)

so the person sitting below this poem

will think we’ve shared a secret ;)

by Ann Hart, Mahomet IL


Congratulations to Ann and a big thank you to all the entrants. Ann's poem was on posters in the buses for April, May, and June 2016. Read the MTD Press Release here. And read Daily Illini coverage here.