How two young writers created a poetic commute for Fishtown SEPTA bus riders

Motivos Magazine and NKCDC teamed up to surprise Brigitte Zigglih and Eliot Olaya with public displays of poetry. A poem by Brigitte Zigglih, Junior at Girard College, called “My Work Is Not Yet Done”, is seen at a bus stop along Frankfort Avenue and Palmer Street in Philadelphia, Pa., Thursday, Sept., 29, 2022.Read more Jenée Chizick-Agüero went to the Fishtown FestivALE on Sept. 24 with her husband, son, and neighbor to do community engagement for the magazine she founded and published, Motivos magazine. She asked folks a simple question: “Do you like poetry?” Chizick-Agüero didn't expect the response she got: “Poetry saved my life.” The community member she met, Michael, said this as they stood nearby the new SEPTA bus shelter boards situated at Frankford Avenue and Palmer Street ,and Frankford and Dauphin Street, featuring poems by two Motivos poets, Brigitte Zigglih and Eliot Olaya. “His answer surprised me,” Chizick-Agüero said. “I said ‘Say that again!' I wanted to make sure I heard him correctly.” Michael, whose last name was not shared, agreed to share a video message with the poets, encouraging them to keep doing what they're doing. Motivos magazine is a local publication printed in English and Spanish that aims to inspire and empower Latino youth. The magazine had never before been published in a setting so public as a SEPTA bus board. “The part about it being in a public space is so important,” Chizick-Agüero said. “I love how Motivos can harness the power […]

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