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Kato to perform poetry reading as part of April series

Thursday, March 31, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- Art Spaces, Inc. -- Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and the Swope Art Museum recently announced the third of several public events to take place throughout April in conjunction with the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

All events are free of charge.

On Tuesday, April 12, poet JL Kato will present a poetry reading at Indiana State University at 3:30 p.m., in Root Hall Room A-264. Root Hall is located at 400 N. 7th St., Terre Haute. The event is sponsored by the ISU Creative Writing Program.

Kato is a native of Japan who grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in Beech Grove. His first collection of poems, "Shadows Set in Concrete," (Restoration Press), chronicles his mother's experience during the atomic bomb blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His poems have appeared in "Patterson Literary Review," "Arts and Letters Journal of American Culture," "Raintown Review," and "Tipton Poetry Journal."

He currently is editing a bilingual book of poems by poets from El Salvador and central Indiana.

Through the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition, Arts Spaces and the Swope Art Museum are encouraging the writing of new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition, promoting the interdisciplinary connection between art forms and honoring Max Ehrmann, a 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 Ehrmann -- created by West Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe -- was installed in Terre Haute last year as part of the Art Spaces collection. It is located at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue, long the arts corridor and United States 40.

The poetry competition was sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Additional sponsorships were provided by Arts Illiana, Barnes and Noble, Big Picture, BookNation, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., Glidden Furniture, The Golden Frame, Hilton Garden Inn Terre Haute House, Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement, Indiana State University Creative Writing Program, Market Bella Rossa, Riddell National Bank, River Wools, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Department of Languages and Literature, Terre Haute Tribune-Star, Vigo County Education Foundation, Vigo County Historical Society, and Wise Pies.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

For additional information, call 812-244-4216 or 812-238-1676, or log on to www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com or www.swope.org.

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