Sunday, June 10, 2007

Indy Hosts Gathering of Poets Laureate

The 3rd National Gathering of Poets Laureate will be held in Indianapolis 24-27 June.

The theme of the Gathering is "Sporting Words" as the participants will use poetry to celebrate Indiana's rich history and current culture in athletics.

As an element of the gathering, local poets will lead sports/poetry clinics for youth this spring. Students will write poetry in advance, then recite their creations in various locations around Indiana for our Poet Laureate guests. The recitations will be distributed to the participants on CD.

Guest speakers include:
David Allan Evans, poet laureate of South Dakota
Jane Gentry of Kentucky
Marie Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 1999-2004
Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia’s Poet Laureate
Denise Lajimodiere, one of several Native Americans Associate Poets Laureate from North Dakota
Kae Morii 森井香衣, a member of Japan Poets Club
Lisa Starr, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island

Joyce Brinkman of Indianapolis is the Indiana Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Arts Commission funds the Poet Laureate education efforts through an annual stipend, administers special programs, and maintains the website. The public and local poets are invited to this Gathering.

Contact Rebecca Stergos, 317:232-1281, for more information.

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