News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 18, 2013

Internationally published poet scheduled for library Brown Bag event


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — To celebrate Poetry Month at the Vigo County Public Library, poet Dr. C. David Hay is scheduled to appear at the library’s Brown Bag event at 12:10 p.m. today.

Hay is an internationally published author of four books of poetry. He was the first American to appear in the Russian independent newspaper, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, with his poem, “The Arrowhead.” Hay was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and was the recipient of the Ordo Honoris Award from Kappa Delta Rho.

The sight of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, D.C., inspired Hay to write one of his most famous poems. Hay said, “I couldn’t sleep that night at the hotel after what I had seen at the memorial, so I got up in the middle of the night and wrote the poem ‘The Wall.’” The poem was engraved on a metal plaque and added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Vigo County Courthouse lawn in 2012.

Hay is a retired dentist, having practiced in Rosedale for 42 years. He is a graduate of Wiley High School with a bachelor’s and doctorate of dental surgery degrees from Indiana University. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IU School of Dentistry in 2008. He and his wife, Joy, reside in Terre Haute.

Brown bag lunches are welcome at the program, and no reservations are necessary to attend.