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📷 Students walking along Aj's Way
Gannon University's English Department will once again be
conducting a competitive poetry contest aimed at encouraging our
local and national high school students to engage in the arts and
culture of poetry.
Entrants must be a high school student or a home-schooled
student in grades nine through twelve. Students from anywhere in
the United States may enter.
The top three winners will receive a monetary award, a signed
book by distinguished poet Dunya Mikhail, and
publication in the Awards Night program.
Poems may also win Honorable Mention awards.
Send poems through regular mail to:
Berwyn Moore, Professor of EnglishAttn: High School Poetry ContestGannon University109 University SquareErie, PA 16541
Winners will be notified by email in March 2016. Awards will be
presented at the annual English Awards Night.
Wednesday, April 13, 20167:30 p.m., Waldron Campus Center, Gannon UniversityGuest speaker: Dunya MikhailFree/Open to Public For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965 and earned a BA at
the University of Baghdad. She worked as a translator and
journalist for the Baghdad Observer before being
placed on Saddam Hussein's enemies list. She immigrated to
the United States in the mid-1990's and earned an MA at Wayne State
Mikhail is the author of The Iraqi
Nights (New Directions, 2014); The War Works
Hard (New Directions, 2005), shortlisted for the Griffin
Prize and named one of "Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005″ by
the New York Public Library; and Diary of A Wave Outside
the Sea (New Directions, 2009) which won the 2010 Arab
American Book Award. Her honors also include the UN Human Rights
Award for Freedom of Writing (2001) and Kresge Artist Fellowship
Renowned for her subversive, innovative, and satirical poetry,
Mikhail speaks about her experiences growing up in a war-torn
country, sleeping on the roof of her family's home during the
sweltering summers until the air raid sirens sounded, and losing
her father, not to violence but to the lack of adequate medical
care. She uses forms such as reportage, fable, and lyric to
record the traumas of war, exile, and loss, and to address the
effect of censorship on her work. Mikhail writes in Arabic,
Aramaic, and English. Mikhail currently lives in Michigan and
works as an Arabic lecturer for Oakland University.
"Mikhail's style maintains an impressive fragility
and delicacy of image that touches the reader's heart…" -American
"Stark and poignant, Mikhail's poems give voice to
an often buried, glossed-over or spun grief." -Publishers