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ODU Big Read project sponsors haiku writing contest

As part of Old Dominion University's Big Read project, which centers around Amy Tan's popular 1989 novel, "The Joy Luck Club," organizers are sponsoring a haiku writing contest. Submitted poems (up to three entries per person) should be inspired by the book.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. Winners and some runners-up will be selected to read their poems at the Big Read closing ceremony, scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Chesapeake Central Library. Winning entries will be posted on ODU's Big Read Web site: http://odubigread.ning.com.

A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that has 17 syllables written in three, unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables.

Entries are due by May 22 at http://odubigread.ning.com. Entrants should include name, e-mail address and, for those who are students, grade level, with each entry. For more information e-mail khintonj@odu.edu or chunter@chesapeake.lib.va.us.

ODU's Darden College of Education will kick off the Big Read program Saturday, May 1, at this year's Asian Fest, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. at the Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road.

The Big Read, which debuted in 2006 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), brings communities together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 30 selections from U.S. and world literature. Locally, the focus will be on Tan's "The Joy Luck Club." Participants in the program will be given a copy of the book to read and later have opportunities to engage in discussions and to take part in various other activities related to the novel's themes.

"The Joy Luck Club" tells the stories of four Chinese American immigrant women who share their own views of the world, based on their experiences of growing up and living in China, with their American-born daughters.

ODU's Big Read project will target all members of the community, from high school age on up, with an emphasis on reaching the area's minority communities.

This article was posted on: April 29, 2010

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