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Dordt professors, students take top prizes

August 27, 2004

Two professors and two students at Dordt College were named contest winners in the 2004 Iowa Poetry Association competition and will be published in the Lyrical Iowa 2004 anthology.

Marlin (Mike) Vanden Bosch, emeritus professor of English, took the top prize, in the adult general category. There were 1,100 entries in this division. Receiving the “SpecialAward for First Time Entrant” was Jerelyn Schelhaas, instructor of theater arts.

In the college division two Dordt College students claimed first and second place. Julie Perkins, a senior English and Language Arts major from Demotte, Indiana, was first of 52 entries, while Matt Bakker, a 2004 graduate in environmental studies from Manitoba, Canada, took second.

This year more than 2800 contest entries were submitted, with 309 selected to be included in the poetry association’s 59th anthology. The Iowa Poetry Association is a not-for-profit organization seeking to encourage and improve the quality of poetry written by Iowans.

For further information and/or to order copies of Lyrical Iowa 2004 contact the editor at 2325 61st St., Des Moines, IA 50322. Guidelines for the 2005 contest will be available in December and may be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the above address. Membership is not a requirement for contest entry and there are no submission fees.

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