Indiana Borderlands Project Readings
March 27, 2013
Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik has planned a series of four readings on each of the statelines called the Borderlands Project. The readings will bring together Indiana poets with writers from neighboring states to share poems about immigration, migration, borders and home.
Kovacik, also a professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, said, “Immigrants and migrants have had a profound effect not only on American history but on our literature. Think of Emma Lazarus’ poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Langston Hughes’ ‘Let America Be America Again,’ or Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning sequence Thomas and Beulah about the Northern Migration of her African-American grandparents.”
The northern reading at the University of Notre Dame, featuring Hoosier and Michigan poets, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The western reading will occur at the Swopes Gallery in Terre Haute on November 1, 2013. An eastern reading is in the works, but no date has been selected yet. Further details will be announced later.
The following authors will read:
Curtis L. Crisler
John D. Groppe
David Dodd Lee
Kimberly Renith-Joy Licorish
Orlando Ricardo Menes
Susan Blackwell Ramsey
Their poem selections in a PDF file. borderlands_north_poems.pdf