Easton Main Street Initiative has chosen three poems for newest art installation

Easton downtown logoEaston Main Street Initiative’s (EMSI) volunteer-driven Design Committee is pleased to announce the three poems and poets chosen for their newest artistic beautification efforts in Downtown Easton.  EMSI’s series of back door art installations will bring short, original poems to the City’s core. After a call to poets in early September, over 150 poems were submitted in a wide range of styles and on many subjects.

Project committee members agreed to award these three entries places on the selected doors:

“The Beautiful” by Lee Upton
“Falling Stars” by Taylor Garrison
“Easton” by Liuba M. Yarmie

Authors of the three chosen poems will each receive an honorarium of $100. EMSI volunteers will be installing the poems through the fall.

About the poets:

Lee Upton Lee Upton’s most recent books are Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center; The Tao of Humiliation: Stories, winner of the BOA Short Fiction Award, finalist for The Paterson Prize, and named one of the “best books of 2014” by Kirkus Reviews; and the novella The Guide to the Flying Island. Another collection of her short stories, Visitations, is forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of a collection of essays, Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity, and Secrecy; and four books of literary criticism. Her poetry has appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and in three volumes of Best American Poetry.

Taylor Garrison My name is Taylor Garrison. I am currently a freshman at Muhlenberg College. I was born and raised in Easton. I graduated from Wilson Area High School in 2016. While at Wilson, I was editor-in-chief of the school paper, “The Echo” and a member of the debate team. I spent two summers volunteering at Easton Hospital, and this past summer, I worked at the Crayola Experience. I have always loved poetry, but I did not start writing until my sophomore year of high school. I am very excited to share my poetry with the community.

Liuba M. Yarmie Liuba M Yarmie has been writing poetry since she was a teenager growing up in Phillipsburg, NJ.  Her poetry reflects her experiences with the people she has met throughout her life.  Her writing has been influenced by her mother, Luba P. Yarmie, as well as her daughter, Liuba Seaboyer.  She currently resides in Williams Township, PA.