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Mary Nicolini Reads Rexroth to Jazz

Teacher-consultant Linda DeCicco got a historic landmark sign at Kenneth Rexroth’s birthplace in South Bend, and then she organized an evening of readings with the Merrimans. HWP Co-director Mary Nicolini reads a Rexroth poem about memory.

Advanced Institutes Scheduled for June

Join your HWP colleagues for a week of writing, learning, and conversation. If you’ve been to an AI before, you know how good it is. If you haven’t, find out what you’ve been missing! Open to HWP teacher-consultants (those who have participated in an HWP Summer Institute or an NWP Summer Institute at another site). No charge unless you want graduate credit. If you do want credit, contact Steve Fox ASAP.

The AI North (Advanced Institute–available for everyone who has already completed the summer/ open institute–regardless of where or when you completed it) will be June 12-16th at Bethel College 9am-3pm–more details to follow. Come for an hour, a day, or (even better) the whole week! We’ll be writing, writing, and even more writing–with some snacking, chatting, and sharing in between. Even with a busy summer schedule ahead, taking the time for you and your writing is one of the best ways to treat yourself well this summer. Can’t wait to see you there!

Feel free to RSVP to Kelli at or just show up when you can!  Kelli Stair


The AI Indianapolis will be June 26-30 at IUPUI, 9am-3pm. This year, the week will be situated around re-reading “Seven Conditions for Effective Writing” by Donald Graves. What do these conditions currently look like in our classrooms? What could they look like?

Of course, you may come for part or all. We do plan to be off-site a couple of days for writing time, though. Please email me  ( if you’re interested.   Carrie Gaffney

Scholastic Writing Awards
National Medalists Announced

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have announced 2017 National Medalists. The Central and Southern Indiana Region, co-sponsored by HWP and Clowes Memorial Hall, is pleased to announce these National Medalists in Writing from our region:

Gretchen Bauman.   West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School.  Teacher: Lisa Mills.  Silver Medal for her Flash Fiction “Dreaming”

Weston Clark.   Park Tudor School.  Teacher: Laura Gellin.  Silver Medal and American Voices Medal for his Poem “A Synesthesiac Goes to the Symphony”

Maddie Gullion.    Delta High School.  Teacher: Suzanne Fox.  Gold Medal for her Critical Essay “Colin Kaepernick”

Maddie also won a Silver Medal for her Writing Portfolio “Love All // My Place in America” and a Silver Medal for her Personal Essay & Memoir “Do These Societal Standards Make My Thighs Look Fat?”

Annelise Nauman.  West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School.  Teacher: Lisa Mills.  Silver Medal for her Flash Fiction “The Door”

Nathaniel Nauman.  West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School.  Teacher: Lisa Mills.  Silver Medal for his Poem “On the Nature of the Butterfly”


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