2nd annual "Poetry for Peace" winners' celebration


More than 60 winners of Fairfield University's "Poetry for Peace" contest will be honored on Thursday, January 28th, from 6-7:30 p.m., in the Aloysius P. Kelley Center. All are welcome.

Established in 2008, the "Poetry for Peace" contest invites K-8th grade students from Bridgeport and Fairfield schools to submit poems written on the theme of peace. Over 700 submissions were received this year, with the winners chosen by a panel of Fairfield University faculty and undergraduate and graduate students from the Graduate School of Education and Applied Professions.

Image: Dr. Nels PearsonAt the Winners' Celebration, the students will recite their winning poems for family, teachers and community members. Light refreshments will be served. A book of the student's poems will be available at the event as well.

The contest is the community outreach component of the "Poetry for Peace" program, initiated by Dr. Nels Pearson, assistant professor in the Department of English, and co-directed this year with Dr. Jerelyn Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The program is sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as by contributions from the Peace and Justice Studies Program and the Department of English.

For more information please contact Dr. Nels Pearson (npearson@fairfield.edu) or Dr. Jerelyn Johnson (jjohnson@fairfield.edu).

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Posted on January 26, 2010

Vol. 42, No. 178