The Graham R. Lewis Memorial Poetry Award at Eastern Illinois University is now a reality, thanks to this guy. In addition to offering substantial prizes to student writers at EIU, the award is unique in that the final judging takes place at a reading/performance by the finalists, with audience-response as a factor. In other words, it’s not just a showcase – it’s a show. Exactly the way Graham would have liked it, I think.
So, in my dual role as Lackey-in-Chief of Ground Operations and Minister of Propaganda for this event, I’m inviting all friends, admirers, former students, disciples, and minions of Graham Lewis to consider stopping by The Tarble Arts Center, on the campus of EIU, Friday April 19, 2013, to partake of Graham Slam. I know that, for those of you who also work in academia, this is not the most opportune time for pilgrimage, but know that you are more than welcome.