Student Poetry Awards 2009: A Night of Recognition and Entertainment
On April 28, 2009,the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library held its Annual Student Poetry Awards. This was the library’s capstone even for National Poetry Month. The event took place at Braithwaite Auditorium. The keynote was delivered by Texas poet Mr. Budd Powell Mahan of Dallas, TX. Following a reception and book signing, the event drew students and members of the community for a night of poetry and performance. This year, in addition to the trophies and certificate, we had a special award surprise for our student poets. Anonymous donors made a special gift to the university in honor of the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts. This allowed us to give a monetary award to our poets, and we would like to thank those donors for their generosity in encouraging our poets. The funds will be deposited into their student accounts. This year's winners (with the monetary award in parenthesis) are:
- Tina Bausinger for "A Concerned Friend" ($100).
- Jason Mars for "My America" ($75).
- Caleb Krause for "Dada" ($50).
- George Mitchell for "Not Easily Broken, I stand" ($25).