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ACU students write custom poems to raise money for literacy

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April 9, 2003

Abilene Christian University students and members of The Shinnery Review, the student literary magazine, will be participating in the annual Rent-A-Poet event at the downtown Abilene Bookstore, during Artwalk Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

The rented student poets will write free verse based on a topic of the customer's choosing for a suggested donation of  $1, which will go to the Taylor County Adult Literacy fund.  The event is scheduled during National Poetry Month and is a part of the city's Artwalk, a monthly event that provides various activities to promote the arts in Abilene's downtown area.

Albert Haley, ACU assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence who is leading students in the event for the fourth time, said, "We have been practicing the art of spontaneous poem production for two weeks, and I think these poets are up to the challenge."

As in the past, Haley has challenged students to create the poems with sharp imagery and to pay attention to language and line breaks. 

"We're not satisfied to mimic greeting card verse," Haley said.  "Our goal is to write well enough to make a unique work of art for someone who appreciates a literary touch."


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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