Painted mural on side of bus

Mural Contest

In 2020, in preparation for the 2022 Roethke Poetry and Art Festival, we partnered with Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) to hold a mural contest. Rather than create a traditional mural on the side of a building, we wanted to make Roethke, his poetry, and images linked to his work available throughout the community; we achieved this by placing the mural on a STARS bus—the first mobile mural in Saginaw.  

Artists interested in the contest provided visual responses to a series of quotes from Roethke’s poetry.  (To see a list of quotes from Roethke that artists could choose from, click here.) (161KB)  The winning artist was Pauly M. Everett of Flint, Michigan.  

The project was supported by the Michigan Humanities Council.


Festival Chair, Helen Raica-Klotz
Zahnow Library, Z 250
(989) 964-6062

Center for Community Writing
Zahnow Library, Z 250
(989) 964-2829

Writing Center
Zahnow Library, Z 250
(989) 964-6061