Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Get in touch with your poetic side

Display of 2013 Glascock Poet-Judges' work in the Stimson Room
Display of 2013 Glascock Poet-Judges' work in the Stimson Room
It's that time of year again: the 90th Annual Kathryn Irene Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition will take place 19th-20th April, 2013! Established in honor of Kathryn Irene Glascock '22, this is one of Mount Holyoke's proudest academic traditions, and is one of the oldest intercollegiate poetry competitions in the country.

Every year five contestants from five different schools are chosen to read their poetry in front of a distinguished panel of judges. In the past, contestants and winners have included Sylvia Plath, James Merrill, Mary Jo Salter, and Kenneth Koch. The competition also has a long history of distinguished judges like Robert Frost, W.H.Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Audre Lorde, and J.D.McClatchy, to name a few. This year's poet-contestants are:

Fordham University:  Salma Elmehdawi '13
Harvard University:  Warner James Wood '14
Mount Holyoke College:  Lauren Abbate '13
Skidmore College:  Laura Naparstek '13
Smith College:  Jamie Samdahl '15
SUNY-Buffalo:  Paige Melin '13

The judges for this year's competition are Mary Jo Salter, Cleopatra Mathis, and John Yau.

So if you'd like to take a break from your hectic paper-writing marathon, or perhaps live out your Dead Poets Society fantasies, stop by the Glascock Poetry Competition for some poetic pleasures. Hear from the acclaimed judges and amazingly talented poet-contestants, snap your fingers at line-breaks, weep at the beauty of iambics, and show your support for fellow MoHo, Lauren Abbate.

When and Where:

Friday, April 19, 2013
3:00 pm, Stimson Room, Williston Library 
A conversation with the judges

8:00 pm, Gamble Auditorium

Saturday, April 20, 2013 
10:30 am, Stimson Room, Williston Library
Judges' Reading & Announcement of Winner

"Seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."* A.K.A. Be there!

*Words of wisdom from John Keating (borrowing from Horace and Herrick) in Dead Poets Society.

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