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Three Muskingum College students receive Academy of American Poets awards

APRIL 13, 2004 - Three Muskingum College students recently were recognized by the Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize competition.

First prize was awarded to Keisha Pettijohn '04 for her poem What Is Family? Pettijohn also has been published in this year's edition of First Circle, Muskingum's annual literary magazine.

Second place was awarded to Angie Lewis '05 for her poem She Sneaks a Peak at Slender Legs. Lewis also has been named a general editor of First Circle for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Third place was awarded to Rachel King '07 for her poem Hollywood.

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The largest organization in the country dedicated to the art of poetry, the Academy sponsors programs nationally. These include the Academy Fellowship, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the James Laughlin Award, the Walt Whitman Award, the Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, poetry prizes at 178 colleges and universities, a national series of poetry readings and poets' residencies, and the American Poets Fund and the Atlas Fund, which provide financial assistance to poets and non-commercial publishers of poetry, respectively.

The Academy also sponsors National Poetry Month (April), an annual celebration of the richness and vitality of American poetry; the Online Poetry Classroom, an educational resource and online teaching community for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of audio recordings of poetry readings. Additionally, the Academy maintains an extensive web site at www.poets.org.