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Terry Blackhawk at the Spring Poetry Festival  (Public Programs)

Terry Blackhawk is the founder and director of Detroit 's acclaimed InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a poets-in-schools program serving over 5,000 youth per year. She began teaching English in 1968 after graduating from Antioch College, and took up writing poetry, herself, when she was already teaching it to her students. Terry's poetry collections include "Body & Field" (Michigan State University Press, 1999), "Escape Artist" (BkMk Press, 2003), selected by Molly Peacock for the John Ciardi Prize; and "The Dropped Hand" (Marick Press, 2007). She has published two chapbooks, "Trio: Voices from the Myths" (Ridgeway Press, 1998) and "Greatest Hits 1989-2003" (Pudding House Press). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Marlboro Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Florida Review, Borderlands, Artful Dodge, The MacGuffin and Nimrod. Her essays have been published in Review Revue, An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia, Language Arts Journal of Michigan and anthologies from the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She was a finalist for the 2009 Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod Press for "Out of the Labyrinth" and other poems. She has received many recognitions for her teaching, including Creative Writing Educator of the Year from the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (2008), a Humanities Award from Wayne County Arts, History and Humanities Council (2008), and 2007 Detroit Bookwoman of the Year from the Women's National Book Association. She is the recipient of the 2010 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from Nimrod International for her poem "Chambered Nautilus, with Tinnitus and Linden." Terry's latest poetry collection is "The Light Between" (Wayne State University Press, 2012.)

Terry is the second of three artists to visit the 2015 Spring Poetry Festival, whose theme is "Michigan Poets: Reading, Teaching, Writing." The festival also features Dennis Hinrichsen on April 1 and Carolyn Forché on April 22-23. All events are free and open to the public.

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Location: RCAH Theater (Snyder C20) [map]
Price: free
Sponsor: RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU
Contact: Linnea Jimison
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