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Local poetry competition scheduled

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and the Swope Art Museum has announced the third of several public events to take place through April in conjunction with the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

All events are free of charge.

On Thursday, April 14, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will host Primavera, a public poetry and literary event, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hulman Hall Conference Center (west entrance, second floor).

Poet Rachel Contreni Flynn will read some of her works during the upcoming Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Courtesy Photo.
Poet Rachel Contreni Flynn, some of the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition winners, and students from SMWC, will read original works at the event.

Flynn was raised in a small farming town in Indiana. Her second full-length collection of poetry, "Tongue," won the Benjamin Saltman Award and was published in 2010 by Red Hen Press.

Her chapbook, "Haywire," was published by Bright Hill Press in 2009, and her first book, "Ice, Mouth, Song," was published in 2005 by Tupelo Press, after winning the Dorset Prize.

She is an instructor in poetry at Northwestern University and a graduate of Indiana University and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program.

Through the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition, Art 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 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 in 2010, as part of the Art Spaces collection. It is located at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue, along the Arts Corridor and United States 40.

The poetry competition was sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Additional support was 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, Saint 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 events are free and open to the public. For further information, call 812-244-4216 or 812-238-1676 or log on to www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com or www.swope.org.

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