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IUPUI professor among poets to read new works inspired by Hoosier landmarks


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November 1, 2012

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An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis assistant professor is among a group of poets chosen to participate in the Landmark Lyrics poetry project that culminates with a reading Nov. 15 at Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis.

The project was initiated by Brick Street Poetry, which sent Hoosier poets to 20 different historic buildings to write poems about the landmarks. The poets will read their new works at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Mitchell Douglas, an associate professor of creative writing and literature in the IU School of Liberal Arts' Department of English, went to Bush Stadium in Indianapolis. His new work is titled “Promise.”

The buildings that served as inspiration for the poems include a courthouse in Winchester, a round barn in Fulton County and a railroad roundhouse in Frankfort.

Landmark Lyrics was made possible by a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects people to heritage and saves meaningful places. With nine offices throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns.