Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hartford Courant Notes Young Writers Bash

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Hartford Courant Arts section

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[Scene, Arts Section, Page 2, under Animal Trainer]

A professor of writing and a young award-winning poet will be the keynote speakers when the 11th IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Dinner is held June 1 at the Litchfield Inn, Route 202, Litchfield.

Lionel Bascom, who teaches at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury , and Maya Polan, who won the 2007 IMPAC-CSU poetry competition, will speak at the event, which honors the regional and statewide winners of the contest. The grand prize winners will be announced at the annual dinner. They will be awarded a trip to Dublin for events at the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and Dublin Writers Festival in June

About 5,000 students have entered the program since its founding in 1998. IMPAC, which sponsors it with the Connecticut State University system, is an international work-productivity firm.

Besides having taught for more than 20 years at Western, Bascom is a journalist and the author of "The Last Leaf — The Hidden Legacy of Dorothy West" and "A Renaissance in Harlem: Lost Stories of an American Community."

Polan is a student at the University of Redlands in California, where she is studying poetry.

Master of ceremonies for the event will be author Rand Richards Cooper. The Jen Allen Big Band and a reggae-ska band, The Positive Downside, will entertain.

  • Positive Downside

  • Lionel Bascom Podcast

  • Melanie Lieberman Podcast

  • Complete Musical Lineup For June 1

  • Seating is limited. The cost to attend is $35. For reservations or information, call 800-814-6931 or visit

    — Carole Goldberg


    Some spaces still available for stragglers. Call IMPAC office [800-814-6931*] Tues., May 27, 2008 in the morning. A.T.

    * or 860-690-0211 any time

    Seating Limited

    You are cordially invited to attend the
    11TH Annual IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Statewide Ceremony & Dinner
    Sunday, June 1, 2008
    The Litchfield Inn and Bistro East

    4 p.m. Workshops
    5-6:15 p.m. Outdoor Reception Rear Courtyard
    6:30 p.m. Dinner

    Special Guests:
    Maya Polan, 2007 State Poetry Champion,
    Freshman, Univ. of Redlands [Calif.], Writing Major

    Lionel Bascom,
    Writing Professor,
    Western Connecticut State University

    Master of Ceremonies
    Rand Richards Cooper, Author

    Reception Entertainment
    The Positive Downside

    $35 per person*

    Dinner Music By The Jen Allen Big Band
    Featuring Vocalist Laura McCabe

    RSVP by May 23, 2008

    IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Trust
    231 Beach St.
    Litchfield, CT 06759

    800-814-6931 or 860-690-0211

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