Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is launching its fourth annual community reading initiative, Now Read This! 2014. Residents of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are encouraged to read, discuss and respond creatively to “Resuscitivity,” a collection of poetry by Troy Bigelow.
The community book read promotes literacy, dialogue about the literary work, and the enjoyment of reading the same book as a community.
Ivy Tech Northeast will award one or more scholarships worth up to $1,000 for the best creative responses to the book. Entries can include essays, music, dance, multimedia, and visual art submissions. Visit ivytech.edu/northeast/read for more information about the scholarship competition. The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2014.
Troy Bigelow is an assistant professor at Ivy Tech Northeast who teaches composition and literature. Bigelow’s first book, “Resuscitivity,” won the Transcontinental Poetry Award sponsored by Pavement Saw Press. He lives in northeast Indiana with his wife and children.
“Troy Bigelow writes with a rare range of tone and diction that can summon the hum of a sweet lyric right next to the sweat and crush of hard labor in lives ‘assembled like auto parts,’” says poet Maggie Anderson, founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and professor emerita of English at Kent State University in Ohio. “He tells the shameful story of the working class in the 21st century: the grind of dangerous jobs erased by the mass layoffs no one saw coming, the cold silence of joblessness. ‘Resuscitivity’ is a necessary book for our times—vital, poems that shine with intelligence, heart, and the beautiful ‘human language of the American,’”
The community book read will conclude with a creative writing workshop, book-signing and reading by Bigelow at 5 p.m. on April 17 at the College’s Student Life Center conference room (3701 Dean Drive). Creative writers at the high school level and beyond (including all teaching faculty) are invited to attend and participate in this interactive writing workshop from 5 to 6 p.m. The author will introduce some creative writing activities and discuss his own writing process. The book-signing and reading will follow from 7 to 8 p.m.
Paperback copies of “Resuscitivity” are available for purchase at the College’s bookstore, The New Edition Bookstore, on the North Campus in the lower level of Harshman Hall (3701 Dean Drive). Copies will also be available on loan or for purchase at Ivy Tech Northeast’s library on the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.), several area libraries, and other area bookstores.