Art Spaces Inc. and ISU Community School of the Arts announced winners in the 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition at an April 27 awards ceremony at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Elementary School Winners are Braydon Killion (Devaney Elementary School), Elianna Boyd (Cloverdale Elementary School) and Ernest Cooley (Rural Community Academy).
Middle School Winners are Addeline Moeller (Otter Creek Middle School), Jason Parsons (Rural Community Academy), and MacKenzie Slawson (Rural Community Academy).
High School Winners are Colin Dombrowski (Greencastle High School), Lillian Boyd (Cloverdale High School) and Madison King (South Vigo High School).
Adult Winners are Mark Minster (Terre Haute) - Grand Prize, Cole Hardman (Terre Haute) - Second Prize and Nicole Bailey (Terre Haute) –Third Prize.
Michael Lunsford (Rosedale) received the Art Spaces Choice Award and Divya Ramesh (Terre Haute) received the ISU Community School of the Arts Award.
The theme of this year’s competition was “This Corner of the World." There were 162 poems received from 115 people and the competition was adjudicated by Donald Platt, a published author, poet and teacher.
Winners read their poems and Dr. Platt read from his own works. Awards included cash prizes and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble at ISU. The winning poems have been on display in the Vigo County Public Library throughout April, in honor of National Poetry Month.
The 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition was sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College with additional support from Arts Illiana, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at Indiana State University, Creative Writing Committee of the Indiana State University Department of English, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies.
Art Spaces and ISU Community School of the Arts also announce the theme for the 2016 competition: "You Are a Child of the Universe: Poems of Belonging and Not Belonging."
"You are a child of the universe" is a phrase from Erhmann's poem "Desiderata." The entire poem, which is known throughout the world, is installed at Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue, adjacent to the Art Spaces sculpture "Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads" by local artist Bill Wolfe.