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April 17, 18 date for student poems

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Poems for the 8th annual Student Poetry Project are to be published in the April 17 and 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspaper print editions and, this year for the first time, online:

Publication date for the 2013 Student Poetry Project is one week earlier than the previously announced April 24 and 25 Focus section dates.

The Student Poetry Project adjudication committee, chaired by George VanDoren, of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project and a Moravian College adjunct professor, met April 3 at the WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station to select poems to be published.

Three students, one each in the elementary, middle and high schools categories, will have their poems published in the Focus section and read their poems, 6 - 6:30 p.m. April 29, "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon," WDIY, 88.1 FM,

As many as nine additional student poems are to be published in the April 17 and 18 Focus section and online.

Hosts for the WDIY show include VanDoren; Marilyn Hazelton, The Swain School Poet-In-Residence, and a Student Poetry Project adjudicator; and Paul Willistein, Lehigh Valley Press Focus Editor and a Student Poetry Project adjudicator.

This year's Student Poetry Project adjudicators included: Ann E. Michael, DeSales University Writing Coordinator whose book of poems, "Water-Rites," was published last year; Bonnie Bleiler, teacher; Stacey Siran-Alexander, WDIY Youth Media Program; Shirley Daluisio, retired Bethlehem Area School District English teacher; Hazleton, VanDoren and Willistein.

The 7th annual Student Poetry Project received an Honorable Mention in the Keystone Press Awards of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. The award is to be presented at the 2013 Pennsylvania Press Conference, May 18, Harrisburg.

The Student Poetry Project received Third Place in the 2010 Reader Initiative Award of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.

VanDoren teaches in the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project two-week summer writing camp, July 8 - 19, taught by National Writing Project Fellows at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.

Offerings include Literacy Lab (Grade 1), Drama Dabblers and Camping Trip Chronicles (Grades 2, 3), Kidventions and Detective Diaries (Grades 4 - 6), Tales of Treasure Hunting (Grades 7 - 9) and High School Writers Workshop (Grades 9 - 12). Information:

Hazelton offers the fifth and final, "Sustaining The Soul Through Creative Discovery: A Workshop Series of Words & Photographs," 9 a.m. - noon April 20, Floreant Projects Gallery-Studio, 215 Main St., Emmaus. Information: