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September 19, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

Indiana Poet Laureate to host Borderlands Project readings around the state

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that State Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik is planning a series of four public readings on each state border as part of a series entitled “The Borderlands Project.”

The readings will bring together Indiana poets with writers from neighboring states to share poems about immigration, migration, borders and home.

“Immigrants and migrants have had a profound effect not only on American history but on our literature,” Kovacik, also a professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, said. “Think of Emma Lazarus’ poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Langston Hughes’ ‘Let America Be America Again,’ or Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning sequence Thomas and Beulah inspired by the Northern Migration of her African-American grandparents.”

The first reading, along Indiana’s southern border, will occur at the Ohio Theatre in Madison, Indiana, Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. and will highlight poets from Indiana and Kentucky. The Ohio Theatre is located at 105 E. Main Street.

The northern border reading will be Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame, featuring Hoosier and Michigan poets. The western border reading will occur at the Swope Gallery in Terre Haute, November 1, 2013. An eastern reading is currently in the planning stage, but no date has been selected. Further details will be announced later.

The readings are free and open to all.

Interested poets can submit up to three poems on themes of immigration, migration, borders or home to Karen Kovacik, c/o the Indiana Arts Commission, 100 N. Senate Ave., Room N505, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or to kkovacik@iupui.edu. Postmark deadlines are:

October 15, 2012 (for southern reading)
January 15, 2013 (for northern and eastern readings)
September 1, 2013 (for western reading)

The Indiana Arts Commission is committed to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.

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