Judging Under Way
For CT Young Writers Annual Celebration
June 2 At Sunken Garden
Gaskell -- one of the few male state champions of the CT Young Writers Trust competition -- is dissecting French New Wave cinema in college and, for an encore, he's going to throw down at the young writers day!
Of the 24 state champions in prose and poetry since 2000, just four have been young men.
The Trust has awarded more than $200,000 since 1998, affirming the work of more than 7,000 young poets and writers. The Trust expanded from Litchfield County to cover the entire state in 2000.
State finalists for the 2012 competition will be announced soon.
Gaskell attended Suffield High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he studied creative writing. He won the CT Young Writers competition for prose with a short memoir titled "Kineo." He is majoring in English and Creative Writing at Cornell, and is part of the Lyrically Inclined poetry group where he continues to enjoy writing a broad range of subjects in both poetry and prose.
Gaskell recently read his analysis of Truffault’s film The 400 Blows (1959) at Cornell's annual Student Symposium, which highlights the work of some of the year's most accomplished students. He looks forward to his next few years in college, as well as encouraging supporting aspiring writers through the CT Young Writers Trust for many years to come.
The annual celebration at Hill-Stead June 2 will feature the winners of Connecticut's eight state writing competitions, a workshop and performance by 21-year-old award-winning slam poet and international hip hop star B. Yung, concerts by Chorus Angelicus and gospel legend Theresa Thomason, plus MetaFour with guitar virtuoso Jeff Howard and Andy Wrba of Barefoot Truth. Lisa C. Taylor, award-winning poet and educator, will lead a dynamic workshop for teachers in grades 8-12 called "Writing Against the Current." The event culminates in a special featured performance by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur. The CT Young Writers Trust will collaborate with the Hill-Stead Museum and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival for an extraordinary day devoted to the literary arts.
Ravi Shankar, chairman,
CT Young Writers Trust
CT Young Writers Trust
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RAVI SHANKAR, Chairman
CAROL THIBEAULT, Administrator
LISA C. TAYLOR, Educational Outreach & Development Director
ATTY WILLIAM CROWE, Legal Counsel
ANDY THIBAULT, Chairman Emeritus