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Olivet College to host Abbie Copps poetry reading March 23
Mar 15, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College is hosting the 41st annual Abbie Copps Poetry Competition on Tuesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Dole Halls Klock Commons. The event is open to the public.

Jack Ridl, professor of English at Hope College, will read some of the competitions winning entries as well as an assortment of his poems as part of the evenings activities.

Since 1963, unpublished poems from across the world have been sent to Olivet College and judged as part of the Abbie Copps Poetry Competition. Cash prizes are awarded, and top poems are printed in the colleges Garfield Lake Review.

Ridl is in his 33rd year of teaching poetry at Hope. He received the 2001 Chapbook Award from the Center for Book Arts in New York City for his collection, Against Elegies. He is the author of three additional collections, has co-authored two anthologies and two works on literature, and has been widely anthologized.

His poetry has been featured in several journals including The Georgia Review, Chelsea, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, FIELD and Ploughshares. In 1996, the Carnegie Foundation named Ridl Michigan Professor of the Year.

For more information, call (269) 749-7678.


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