Monday, April 06, 2009

* BREAKING NEWS: Mark Twain House To Host Young Writers 12th Annual Bash May 31

Connecticut State University System Announcement:
12th Annual
Connecticut Young Writers Competition
Awards Ceremony
Moves to Mark Twain House & Museum

Hartford Landmark Will Host
State's Top High School Writers on May 31;
Universities Will Host
Regional Award Ceremonies Later This Month

APRIL 6, 2009 -- The 2009 Connecticut Young Writers awards ceremony,which highlights works of poetry and prose submitted by teenagers from throughout the state, will be held for the first time this year the Mark Twain House& Museum in Hartford, after 11 years at the Litchfield Inn.

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  • The competition has inspired the participation of over 580 students this year -- the third highest number of entries in the competition's 12years -- and is sponsored by IMPAC and the Connecticut State University System.The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2009, beginning at 7 p.m., following a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m.

    "There could not be a better setting to honor outstanding young writers than the Mark Twain House & Museum. The talent and creativity of a new generation of Connecticut writers is clearly evident, and the inspiration that Mark Twain's example provides is especially fitting as we recognize their excellent prose and poetry," said David G. Carter, chancellor of the Connecticut State University System.

    That evening,16 students who will be selected this month as county winners in prose and poetry categories from Connecticut's eight counties, will be vying for selection as the statewide winner, thus qualifying to receive a trip to Ireland for celebrations connected with the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Dublin Writers Festival.

    "The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter -- it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
    -- Mark Twain, 1888.

    "These students certainly understand what Mark Twain was saying in 1888.The Mark Twain House &Museum is honored to host the 12th Annual Young Writers Award Ceremony. Hartford's Nook Farm was a haven for 19th century writers, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dudley Warner, and, of course, Mark Twain. I can not think of a more fitting location in Connecticut for this prestigious awards ceremony," said Jeffrey L. Nichols, executive director of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

    "With the help of many sponsors and volunteer laborers throughout Connecticut,we are able to say, again, to Connecticut's best young writers: 'Yes, you are a poet. Yes, you are writer.' We are honored especially this year to walk where Twain walked as we affirm and celebrate the work of young writers,"said Andy Thibault, chairman, Young Writers Trust.

    Rockville High School English teacher Victoria Nordlund [left] and senior Melanie Lieberman [center] with NBC 30's Tom Monahan

    The awards ceremony is preceded by afternoon programs and writing workshops for the students, as well as tours of the Mark Twain House & Museum. Co-masters of ceremonies for the program are author Rand Richards Cooper, broadcaster Diane Smith, Central Connecticut State University Professor of English Ravi Shankar, and author/columnist Colin McEnroe. Speakers will include Rockville High School senior Melanie Lieberman, the 2007 state prose champion;and her teacher, Victoria Nordlund, chair of Rockville's English department.


    Performance poet and slam coach Elizabeth Thomas, the Connecticut Review Poet in Residence for the Naugatuck public schools, will lead an afternoon workshop for teachers on how to teach performance poetry. The May 31 event,which will be catered by La Cupola Ristorante and featuring the Jen Allen Big Band, begins at 5:30 p.m. [Tickets are $50 per person. Teachers participating in the teacher workshop should add $25.]

    County champions are to be selected from about a dozen finalists in each category in each county. Regional ceremonies will be held:

    * Monday, April 20, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, for Hartford and Tolland counties;
    * Thursday, April 23, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, for Fairfield and Litchfield counties;
    * Monday, April 27, at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, for Middlesex and New Haven counties; and
    * Tuesday, April 28, at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, for New London and Windham counties.

    The state winners in prose and poetry, to be announced at the Mark Twain House ceremony, will be invited, with a parent, to a week of festivities in Ireland connected with the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Dublin Writers Festival. There, they will also meet young writers from Europe and Asia. Their works will also be considered for publication in Connecticut Review, the literary journal published by the Connecticut State University System (CSUS).

    The Connecticut Young Writers competition affirms the work of young poets and writers and celebrates their accomplishments. IMPAC Chairman Jim Irwin and retired CSUS Chancellor William Cibes expanded the Young Writers Program from Litchfield County to cover the entire state in 2000.

    IMPAC, a leading global productivity firm, sponsors the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which, at 100,000 euros, is the largest in the world for a single work of fiction. CSUS serves nearly 36,000 students, making it the largest public university system in Connecticut. CSUS offers 160 academic programs, and a record setting 6,870 degrees were awarded in 2008.

    Andy Thibault, Connecticut Young Writers Trust,, 860-690-0211
    Terri Raimondi, CSUS Public Relations,, 860-493-0040

    LAURA McCABE, lead vocalist, Jen Allen Big Band, In 2008 Musical Finale, Imagination
    video at the very bottom of this post

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  • Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Young Writers Trust

  • Program sponsorships are available
    for a limited time as follows:

    Business Card Ads in Program, $250;
    Dublin Trip Prose Sponsors, 5 @ $400.
    Dublin Trip Poetry Sponsor, 5 @ $400.
    County Award Co-Sponsors, $500.

    * The IMPAC-Connecticut State University System Young Writers Trust is anon-profit foundation affiliated by Charter with the International IMPACDublin Literary Award and classified by the IRS as a 501 C (3) Public Charity.Federal Tax ID: 31-1635811

    Some supporters have sent in donations of $50 and $100. We are very grateful for this support, which will help us get through this very difficult year.

    Please make checks out to:
    IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers
    and mail to:
    231 Beach St.
    Litchfield, CT 06759

    *new biz cards can also be mailed to Beach St. or electronically to

    Seating Limited

    You are cordially invited to attend the
    12TH Annual IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers
    Statewide Ceremony &Celebration

    Sunday, May 31, 2009
    Mark Twain House &Museum, 351 Farmington, Ave., Hartford

    2 p.m. Tour &Programs For Young Writers
    4:30 p.m. Workshops For Young Writers &Teachers (CEUs granted)
    5:30-6:45 p.m. Reception Catered By Frank Rosa's La Cupola Ristorante &Inn
    7 p.m. Awards Ceremony

    Special Guests
    Melanie Lieberman, 2007 State Prose Champion
    Victoria Nordlund, Poet &English teacher
    Elizabeth Thomas, Teacher Workshop Leader / Performance Poetry

    Co-Masters of Ceremonies
    Rand Richards Cooper, Author
    Diane Smith, Author & Positively CT TV Host
    Ravi Shankar, Poet in Residence, English Professor, CCSU
    Colin McEnroe, Author &Columnist, Hartford Courant

    Reception Entertainment
    Jen Allen Big Band Featuring...

    Reception Donation*
    $50 per person (teacher workshop add $25)


    -RSVP by May 21, 2009

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

    800-814-6931 or 860-690-0211

    * The IMPAC-Connecticut State University System Young Writers Trust is a non-profit foundation affiliated by Charter with the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and classified by the IRS as a 501 C (3) Public Charity. Federal Tax ID: 31-1635811


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    Reception, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 2009
    IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Trust
    12th annual celebration

    Roasted turkey breast with whole grain mustard and imported rustic breads
    Over seared pochetta served with olive, sundried tomato pesto and rustic breads

    Dried cured meats, aged imported cheeses, pickled garden vegetables, rustic breads


    Crisp garden vegetables served with Italian gorgonzola dip and roasted garlic hummus and assorted flat breads

    Tomato bruschetta
    Lump crab stuffed mushrooms
    Coney island franks
    Spinach risotto Arancia
    Lobster &corn fritters
    Asparagus tips with smoked salmon goat cheese wrapped in pastry
    Lobster tart cobbler
    Scallops wrapped in bacon
    Miniature Maryland crab cakes
    Lollipop baby lamb chops
    Chicken sate with olive, sundried tomato pesto
    Red and yellow cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella skewers
    Roasted tenderloin crostini with horseradish aioli and green onions
    Chicken tempura
    Goat cheese and wild mushroom strudel
    Shrimp wrapped with arugula and prosciutto
    Baked polenta with wild mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese
    English cucumbers with smoked salmon
    Figs stuffed with goat cheese and prosciutto
    Roast duck wrapped with arugula on brochette with aged balsamic
    Assorted pizzas

    -- left to right: Franz Douskey, Young Writers Trust founding board member; Britta Bell, 08 statewide poetry winner; Ben Cooper, 08 statewide prose winner; and Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University.




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