ORLANDO, Fla. – Waiting for your flight or your baggage may have just gotten more interesting.
“Words in Flight” celebrates Orlando area poets, including some with national notoriety:
1. “Words in Flight” is now on display at the Orlando International Airport.
It features poems by guest poets including Billy Collins, two-term Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, as well as Vidhu Aggarwal, Valada Parker Flewellyn, Terry Godbey,Russell Kesler, Tamara J. Madison, Cecilia Milanes, Don Stap, Terry Ann Thaxton, Shawn Welcome and teen poets Za'Niyah Anestal, and Madeline Stevens.
2. Susan Lilley is Orlando's very first Poet Laureate.
“One of my goals was to put poetry in front of people more often,” she told Spectrum News 13. “What better place to have poems about place, about travel, about transition, about transformation.”
3. Lilley assisted as curator for the collaboration between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the City of Orlando.
4. “I wouldn't do it if it wasn't entirely pleasurable,” former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins says, about putting pen to paper. “Most people who hear poetry, they have bad school memories, and they run the other way. But [at the airport exhibit], you're pleasantly ambushed.”
5. “Words in Flight” is on display through at least September. You can find it in the main terminal next to Starbucks.