Poetry contest deadline nears

Reading series continues March 23

TROY — The deadline for Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s seventh annual Poetry Contest is March 17. The contest is open to all adult and student poets and will be judged in four age categories by faculty members from Wright State University. The work must be original and unpublished.

Friends of Hayner sponsors the contest and cash prizes will be awarded. The winners will also have the opportunity to read or have their poems read at Hayner’s Poetry Month Celebration on Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

There is a $5 entry fee per person, for which up to two poems may be submitted. A complete prospectus about the competition can be found on the Hayner’s website, www.TroyHayner.org. Entries may be submitted on line or dropped off at the Hayner, 301 W. Main St., Troy.

The contest is a part of Hayner’s poetry reading series. Each year, published regionally known poets are selected to read from their own works. The next reading will be presented by Richard Hague on Thursday, March 23. The 7:30 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public.

Hague is writer-in-residence at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. His collection “During The Recent Extinctions: New & Selected Poems l984-2012” (Dos Madres Press, 2012) won the 2012 Weatherford Award in Poetry in 2012. “Milltown Natural: Stories and Essays from A Life” (Bottom Dog Press, l997) was a National Book Award nominee.

He is the winner of the 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest of Nowhere Magazine, and a Judge’s Selection in the 2016 Still: The Journal Creative Nonfiction award. His poetry collection “Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst, & Light: Sequences and Long Poems” (Dos Madres Press) was published last December.

Reading series continues March 23