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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The goal is to focus the attention of individuals and the media on the art of poetry, on living poets, on our complex poetic heritage, and on poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concerns. Delaware's Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit was interviewed on Delaware Public Media about National Poetry Month, kicking off the month. Balingit is also writing an "On Poetry" series that appears in the Sunday Life Section of The News Journal.

Week One On Poetry: The language of home: Poets mine their childhood
Week Two On Poetry: Teachers rely on memories to help students write poems
Week Three On Poetry: Hip Hop influenced poems continue tradition of revolution
Week Four On Poetry: Delaware winners: Young poets tell world how it feels

Poem of the Week: “My Brother’s Shoes” by Ivana Gatica

Check out www.DelawareScene.com for poetry events!

2015 State Champion Hannah Sturgis to Represent Delaware in National Finals of Poetry Out Loud

Hannah Sturgis
Hannah Sturgis, a sophomore from Polytech High School, won Delaware’s 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud state competition and will be heading to the national competition on April 27-29.  View the live webcast or host a viewing party! For more information on the Delaware competition, click here.

16 Individual Artist Fellowships Awarded!

Sixteen Delaware artists are being recognized by the Delaware Division of the Arts for the high quality of their artwork. Work samples from 91 Delaware choreographers, composers, musicians, writers, and visual artists were reviewed by out-of-state arts professionals, considering demonstrated creativity and skill in their art form. The 16 selected fellows reside throughout Delaware, including in Bethel, Dover, Lewes, New Castle, Newark, Rehoboth Beach, and Wilmington. More information

Mezzanine Gallery in May

Harold Kalmus Sculpture
May 1 - 29, 2015 
Opening Reception: May 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Click here for more information.

Harold Kalmus
Wishbone (detail), 2014, hydrocal, painted

2015 National Scholastic Writing Awards – Four DE Winners!

Twenty-three creative teens received the Delaware Writing Region’s highest honor, a Scholastic Gold Key, and four of the Delaware Gold Key winners were selected for national Scholastic Medals! 

  • Katherine Alberta, Ursuline Academy, Gold Medal in Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Katie Houser, Ursuline Academy, Gold Medal in Poetry
  • Emily Lugg, Ursuline Academy, Gold Medal in Poetry
  • Kyna Smith, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Silver Medal in Poetry and American Voices Medal

Their teachers are Heather Doudna, Frances Marshal, and Tammie Sylvia of Ursuline Academy; and Jill Protokowitcz of Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Delaware’s medalists, along with winners in Art and Writing from across the U.S., will be honored during a special awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 11, 2015. The program is managed by the National League of American Pen Women, Diamond State Branch, as an affiliate of AYAW, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.

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This week's interview with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris.  

These podcasts (see archives) are provided as a service through a partnership between the Division of the Arts and NEWS·TALK 1450 WILM and 1410 WDOV.