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April 3, 2014

Ceremony to honor Ehrmann poetry contest winners

TERRE HAUTE — Art Spaces, Inc. — Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and the ISU Community School of the Arts will be hosting a public award ceremony to honor the winners of the 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition, sponsored by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, along with other universities and businesses.

Individuals living, working or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties were encouraged to submit poems involving or inspired by this year’s theme: Treasures.

Two hundred seventy poems were received from 228 people, and the competition was adjudicated by Jayne Marek, Indiana author, photographer and teacher.

Along with Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson, Marek is a member of the poetry group Company of Women, whose book “Company of Women: New and Selected Poems” appeared in 2013 from Chatter House Press. She has also published the poetry chapbook “Imposition of Form on the Natural World” with Finishing Line Press (2013). Both publications will be available for sale at the event. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Lantern Journal, Siren, Spillway, Driftwood Bay, Tipton Poetry Journal, Isthmus, The Occasional Reader, Wisconsin Academy Review and Windless Orchard and in anthologies: “And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana” and the 2012 Cincinnati Writers Project collection “A Few Good Words.”

The awards ceremony will be hosted by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 16 in the Rooney Library at the college. Winning poems will be read at the event, and Marek will be present to read some of her own works.

Through this project, Art Spaces and the ISU Community School of the Arts are encouraging the writing of new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition, promoting connections between art forms, and honoring Ehrmann, a treasured regional poet whose works were inspired by a love for his own community, its natural surroundings and the people in it. A life-size bronze sculpture of this nationally renowned writer, by West Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe, was installed in Terre Haute in 2010 as part of the Art Spaces collection.

The 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition is sponsored by SMWC with additional support from Arts Illiana, Barnes & Noble at Indiana State University, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at Indiana State University, Creative Writing Committee of the Indiana State University Department of English, Delta Kappa Gamma, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., The Golden Frame, River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies.

The awards ceremony is open to the public. For more information, call Art Spaces at 812-235-2801, visit www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com, call ISU Community School of the Arts at 812-237-2528 or visit www.unboundedpossibilities.com/csa.

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