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Poetry contest deadline looming

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and Arts Illiana recently announced the 2012 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition is underway.

Entries must be mailed or delivered by Feb. 24.

The competition is open to individuals and students living, working or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

Works will be accepted in three categories, including poetry inspired by a work of art, poetry inspired by trees or other "green things," and poetry inspired by city life or an urban environment.

Up to two poems per contestant will be accepted. The contest will be judged by three Indiana poets.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage the writing of new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition, to foster an interdisciplinary connection between art forms and to honor Max Ehrmann, a regional poet whose works were inspired by a love of 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 2010 in Terre Haute as part of the Art Spaces collection.

It is located at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue on the Arts Corridor at the Crossroads of America.

For an entry form, log on to www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com or www.artsilliana.org, or send a request to info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com.

Those interested may also call 812-235-2801 or 812-235-5007.

Completed entry forms and poems should be delivered or mailed to Art Spaces, Inc., 669 Ohio St., Terre Haute, Ind., 47807.

Winning entries will be exhibited at the Vigo County Public Library in April.

Public readings of winning works as well as works by the judges will take place in April at various locations to be announced at a later time.

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