Puget Sound English Department

January 23, 2009

Edgar is Almost Here, and He’s Bringing Cash

The last home in which Poe lived--in Richmond, Virginia

The last home in which Poe lived--in Richmond, Virginia

The organizers of SymPOEsyium, the multifaceted celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday, his writing, and his influence want you know that the festivities are about to begin. In fact, some of them have already begun, and there’s cash involved.  Specifically, there is a “Bad Poe” contest for those of you interested in writing a good parody of Poe’s writing. The word-limit is 350, the deadline is February 6, and the cash-prizes are $250 (first prize), $150 (second prize) and $100 (third prize).  The sumissions must include the words “raven,” “mustachioed,” and “buried alive.” Submit your “Bad Poe” to POE@UPS.EDU.

For more information about all the events and activities planned, please go to this site: http://www2.ups.edu/SymPOEsium/

You may also contact the organizers, Professors Alison Tracy Hale, Tiffany Aldrich MacBain, and Mita Mahato in the English Department.

SymPOEsyium officially runs from February 16 through February 20, includes lectures, discussions, and film-screenings, and features a lecture by Present Ron Thomas on Tuesday, February 17, at 7:30, in the Rotunda of Wheelock Center. The title of President Thomas’s lecture is “Detecting Poe.”  Be on the lookout for Auguste Dupin.

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1 Comment »

  1. We’re also looking for a little bit of help with publicity, etc. If you can spare a few minutes to celebrate Edgar, please contact one of us: tamacbain@ups.edu, mmahato@ups.edu, ajtracy@ups.edu, or our fabulous student program assistant, Emily Gordon, epgordon@gmail.com.

    Comment by Alison — January 25, 2009 @ 4:14 pm


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