OLIVET, Mich. Michigan poet Terry Blackhawk will read an assortment of her poems as part of Olivet Colleges Abbie Copps Poetry Competition on Monday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Dole Halls Klock Commons. The event is free and open to the public.
Since 1963, unpublished poems from across the world have been sent to Olivet College and judged as part of the Abbie Copps Poetry Competition.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. Selections from the top 20 poems will be read by Blackhawk, who is the 2003 competition judge.
Blackhawk is the author of three poetry collections, Body & Field, Trio and Escape Artist, for which she received the 2001 John Ciardi Poetry Prize. She conducts courses on writing and art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and has taught for the University of Michigan Institute for Humanities and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Blackhawk received the 1999 Detroit Metro Times Progressive Hero Award and the 2000 Michigan Governors Award for Arts Education for her work as founder and director of InsideOut, a writers-in-schools program serving 2,000 Detroit students per year.
For more information on the Abbie Copps Poetry Competition and reading, call (269) 749-7678.