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Press Release: DeSales University To Award Full Tuition Scholarship At The 18th Annual Poetry Festival
Date: 4/3/2002


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DeSales University To Award Full Tuition Scholarship At The 18th Annual Poetry Festival

Center Valley, Pa., -(March 25, 2002) - DeSales University will award a full tuition scholarship as part of the 18th Annual Poetry Festival celebration beginning Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in the Gallery Lounge of the McShea Center and on Friday, April 12 at 8 a.m. in Billera Hall at DeSales University's Center Valley Campus.

The Festival will open with a reading from award-winning poet Fleda Brown Jackson on April 11, at 8 p.m., in the Gallery Lounge of the McShea Center on the DeSales University Center Valley Campus. She will also give a presentation for high school students as part of the festival's activities on April 12.

On April 12, about 100 students from more than 20 high schools in a three state region and their teachers will be welcomed by Fr. O'Connor, president of DeSales University, followed by the announcement of the poetry competition winners. The grand-prize winner of the competition will receive a four-year tuition free college education at DeSales University.

Students will participate in a one-hour open mike poetry reading of original work and present their poetry in work shops will local poets including Len Roberts, Paul Martin, and Barbara Crooker.

"I get the most satisfaction from seeing young people come together to celebrate their creative work and impulses," says Dr. Stephen Myers, chair of the humanities department at DeSales and director of the festival.

Fleda Brown Jackson is the resident and poet laureate of the State of Delaware. She has a reputation that is acknowledged on the national and international scene.

Her first collection of poems, "Fishing With Blood," (Purdue University Press, 1988) won the Great Lakes Colleges Association of New Writers Award. Her second collection, "Do Not Peel the Birches," (1993), won the Purdue University Press' Verna Emery Prize. Her latest book, "The Devil's Child," was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 1999.

Jackson's poems have appeared in the publications Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, and Georgia Review. She has collaborated with artists and musicians on projects, including publishing an art book of poems and images with Norman Sasowsky and providing her poems as the text for several prize-winning musical compositions performed at Eastman School of Music and at Yale University.

Jackson has a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Arkansas. She is professor of English at the University of Delaware and directs the Graduate Student Poets in the Schools program.


Press Release: DeSales University To Award Full Tuition Scholarship At The 18th Annual Poetry Festival | Posted on: 4/3/2002

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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