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Writers' Dinner Slates Poet, English Professor
March 16, 2004
The Hartford Courant

AVON -- An Avon graduate and aspiring poet will be one of the keynote speakers this spring at a program honoring statewide writers.

Emily Madsen, a 2002 graduate of Avon High, will speak along with Southern Connecticut State University English Professor Audrey Kerr at the IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Program annual dinner on June 4.

The writing contest is in its seventh year, and awards $1,000 prizes to poets and prose writers in each of Connecticut's eight counties. The top two poets and writers each earn another $1,000 as state champions in their respective categories.

Madsen was the 2002 statewide poetry champion, receiving the honor for a poem she wrote as an Avon High student. She is a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Madsen also has read her work at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's ``Night of Fresh Voices,'' and one of her poems was broadcast on National Public Radio.

The annual dinner and Madsen's keynote address will be held June 4 at the Litchfield Inn, with a reception featuring the Mary Davis Jazz Combo. Tickets are $30 per person. Seating is limited.

Call 1-800-814-6931 for more information.

The IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Program has awarded $80,000 to Connecticut's best young writers since 1998. That amount will reach [$100,000] by June 2004.

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