Friday, December 15, 2006

Young Writers 10th Anniv. Kickoff, Naugatuck H.S., 1-19-07

Young Writers
Entry Form

MULTI-MEDIA DAY GRANTS & FUN ... grant money for teachers, students.]

Deadline To Earn $1,000
For Poem Or Prose Work;
Event Jan. 19, 2007 In Naugatuck Features
Live Jazz, Food, Poets & Writers

Connecticut Review & IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Trust
Cordially Invite Teachers, Students And The Public To:


Naugatuck High School cafeteria
Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, 6 p.m. Reception

Book vendor for this event will be the Fabulous Rainy Faye
of Rainy Faye Bookstore & Art Gallery, Bridgeport, 203-336-6911.

LITCHFIELD, Connecticut. Dec. 15, 2006 -- Prior winners of the IMPAC-CSU Young Writers competition will be featured during a 10th anniversary kickoff Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 at Naugatuck High School.

Among the prior winners appearing will be the 2005 state prose champion, Charlotte Crowe. Crowe, a senior at Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Canton High School, has been accepted at Brown University. Her story, "Korean Laundry," tells about a U.S. Marine and his respect for a civilian worker during the Korean War.

Established poets and writers, some of whom have served as judges, will also read from their works. Poets appearing at the event will include Elizabeth Thomas, Ravi Shankar and Jon Andersen.

Festivities will begin with a reception including the Jen Allen Jazz Combo and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. in the Naugatuck High School cafeteria.

Thomas is working with Connecticut Review and the Naugatuck system to develop a prototype writer in residence program for schools throughout the state. She is a teaching artist certified by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

The Young Writers Trust invites Connecticut's young poets and writers to enter its 10th annual competition.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the Trust's homepage,

The CSU System mailed entry forms to all public, private and parochial secondary schools this fall.

About 3,500 young writers have competed in the IMPAC-CSU program, which has awarded more than $135,000 since 1998.

Poets and writers in each of Connecticut's eight counties win $1,000 prizes, awarded during ceremonies at the four CSU campuses in Willimantic, New Haven, New Britain and Danbury. The top poet and writer from that set of winners each earn a trip to Dublin with a parent for the presentation of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Dublin Writers Festival and related activities. Statewide poetry and prose champions will be announced during the annual dinner in June 2007 at the Litchfield Inn.

IMPAC, a leading productivity firm, also endows the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which at 100,000 Euros is the world's largest prize for a single work of fiction.

IMPAC Chairman Jim Irwin and retired CSU Chancellor Bill Cibes joined to bring the Young Writers Program from Litchfield County to cover the entire state in 2000. Chancellor David Carter, formerly president of Eastern Connecticut State University, has been a champion for the program and has undertaken initiatives to expand participation.

The CSU System serves more than 35,000 students, making it the largest public university system in Connecticut. A total of 166 academic programs are offered throughout the system, and more than 5,000 degrees are awarded annually.

IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young Writers Trust
Andy Thibault, Chairman
231 Beach St.
Litchfield, CT 06759

860-690-0211 or 800-814-6931
* Fax: 860-567-9119

  • Complete List Of Winners 1998-2006


    WHAT: Recharging the Sensorium: Multimedia Day of the Arts
    WHERE: CCSU, New Britain, CT
    WHEN: Friday, April 27th, 2007

    HOW: By submitting a proposal for any work that utilizes more than one media
    in its construction. Can be collaborative in nature or solo, so long as text
    is conjoined with something else (visual, dramatic, sonic, film, etc.).
    Submit something to by Dec. 20th, 2006
    WHY: Because you* can receive funding ($500 for accepted grants) for your
    work and be featured on a national stage

    NOTE: *You includes teaches and / or students.



    Ravi Shankar
    Assistant Professor
    CCSU - English Dept.


    Elizabeth Thomas designs and teaches writing programs and workshops for schools and organizations throughout the U.S. These programs promote literacy and the power of the written and spoken word for all ages. Thomas is the founder of UpWords Poetry, an organization dedicated to creative arts programming, particularly for young writers.Her website is

    Thomas works with young writers and teachers throughout the country.

    During the 2005/2006 school year she traveled the east coast presenting school workshops throughout New England, Georgia, Florida and the Florida Keys. She was a keynote speaker for the Florida Council of Teachers of English in October 2005 and the Florida Literacy Coalition in May 2006. She was a featured author at the Amelia Island, FL Book Festival and performed in Providence, Nantucket, NYC and Block Island.

    In June, 2006 she coordinated the Writing/Poetry Program for the World Scholar-Athlete Games. Held for two weeks at the University of Rhode Island, young writers, athletes, instructors and coaches from around the globe (157 countries were represented this year) work and play together. She taught at the Games in 2001 and 2003. Go to for more information.

    In 2004/2005 she was the poet-in-residence for Images of Cultural Identity (Capitol Region Educational Council/Bushnell) and worked with 5th grade students from Hartford, Newington and Farmington. She was Program Director for Words Alive in the Middle, a program funded by Hartford Public Schools. The program brought 7th and 8th grade students from Lewis Fox Middle School in Hartford and Horace Porter School in Columbia together to read and write creatively.

    She has presented poetry/performance workshops for YPI, a co-educational, residential summer camp offering one and two week workshops for young people in grades 5 through 12, interested in writing and the visual/performing arts.
    In July 2002 - 2004, Thomas co-hosted a multi-day workshop called 'The Spoken Word: Performance Poetry' for UConn's Confratute a summer institute for teachers from around the globe on enrichment learning and teaching.

    From 1998 to 2001, Thomas was Program Director for Words Alive, a greater Hartford, CT in-school writing program. Six high schools were involved (New Britain, Wethersfield, Hartford, East Hartford, Weaver and South Windsor). The program hosted noted poets and writers Naomi Ayala, Martin Espada, Marc Smith, Jack Agueros, Gayle Danley, Claribel Alegria, Ernesto Cardinal, D.J. Renegade, Roger Bonair-Agard, Sara Holbrook, Wayne Karlin, Patricia Smith, Cheryl Savageau, Doug Anderson, Luis Rodriguez, Devorah Major, the Welfare Poets and others. It was sponsored through a grant provided by the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC).

    Thomas was a member of three CT National Poetry Slam teams (1994, 1995, 1997), a member of the 1998 U.S. team that traveled to Sweden and an individual competitor at NPS in the 2003 (Chicago) and 2005 (Albuquerque).

    She is an organizer/coach for Brave New Voices/National Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. She organized and hosted the 1st National Youth Poetry Slam in Hartford, CT in 1998. The event included teams from the CT, Washington DC, NYC and Worcester, MA and a team from the Navajo Indian Nation of New Mexico. Since 1998, she has traveled with the CT team to New Mexico, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Los Angeles and NYC. Brave New Voices 10 will be held in New Orleans in April 2007. Want more information, please send an email to:

    As an advocate for youth in the arts, Thomas has presented workshops for the Florida Literacy Coalition, Florida Council of Teachers of English, New England Association of Teachers of English, College Explorers of the Florida Keys Community College, CT Commission on Culture and Tourism and The Connecticut Poetry Festival. She has worked with The Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Bushnell Partners Program, Poetry Live/Litchfield Performing Arts, CT Commission - Master Teaching Artist Program, the Greater Hartford YMCA, Curbstone Press and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. She is a member of the executive board of the New England Association of Teachers of English, a writing mentor for the Sunken Garden Poetry Series/Young Poets Competition and a steering committee member/in-school artist for the Windham Area Poetry Project.

    If you would like a brochure listing some of the workshops offerings, please email to request a copy.

    As a poet and performer, her work continues to be featured throughout the U.S. A partial Calendar of upcoming readings and workshops is available. Her first book of poetry, 'Full Circle' was published in 2000 by Hanover Press. Two poems included in the book... Ebb Tide and Revelation . She is currently working on her second collection of poems and has just finished a book on creative writing for children and teachers entitled, 'If Only Red Could Talk'. For information on ordering, please email to

    Elizabeth is a poet who believes in the idea of "poetry as remedy and resource" and throughout her life uses writing as a tool to help understand things that don't make sense.

    Connecticut Review is the literary journal of the
    Connecticut State University System.
    It is published twice annually, in the Fall and the Spring.


    Stomp and Sing: Poems by Jon Andersen
    Curbstone Press April, 2005

    Stomp and Sing is Jon Andersen's highly-acclaimed debut book of poetry. The poems illuminate the concerns and aspirations of the new working class generation, and serve as an imagistic autobiography. Clear and direct, narrative and lyrical, they take us from mountaintops to local cafes, from lumberyards to town sidewalks, and range in theme from the impact of racism to the consolation of nature. Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running, writes: "Jon Andersen's poems sing of a life lived, devoured, explored, and awake. Who writes like this anymore? Oh, for more Jon Andersens in our midst, to remind us we are more complex, nuanced, and meaningful than many are daring to be."

    Jon Andersen was born in 1970 in New London, Connecticut. He currently lives with his wife and family in Willimantic and teaches at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including Connecticut Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, The Progressive, and Rattle.

    Ravi Shankar

    is poet-in-residence and assistant professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. Shankar is the author of Instrumentality, a collection of poems published by Cherry Grove Collections in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served as a judge in the IMPAC-CSU competition for several years and was keynote speaker in 2005.

    He is a founding editor of the online journal of the arts "Drunken Boat" ( Among many awards won by Shankar are the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize and the Bennett Prize for Poetry at Columbia University. His critical work has appeared in Poets &Writers, Time Out New York, The Iowa Review, and The AWP Writer's Chronicle.

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