Reiberg Reading Series continues with poet Orlando Ricardo Menes and poetry contest winners

  • Oct. 16, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2013 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis continues Thursday, Oct. 17, with presentations by Cuban-American poet Orlando Ricardo Menes and an awards ceremony for the 2013 IUPUI Poetry Contest winners. Several winners of the poetry contest open to Indiana high school students will read their original works.

Founded in 1997 by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in honor of former Department of English chair Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise, the annual Reiberg Reading Series brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work.

Thursday's event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

Menes, director of the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame, will read from his works, including the recently released collection "Fetish," which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Callaloo and Spoon River Poetry Review. Menes also judged the 2013 IUPUI Poetry Contest, now in its sixth year.

As many as eight winners are scheduled to read during the Reiberg event. This year's first-place winner is Paula Cloyd of Indianapolis, a Shortridge High School student who participated in an after-school poetry program sponsored by Butler University. Second- and third-place winners, respectively, are Jessica Naviaux of Avon and Kaitlyn DeVeydt of Carmel.

Visitor parking for the Reiberg event is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at or 317-274-8929 or join the Reiberg Reading Series’ Facebook group.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series is sponsored by the Department of English in the School of Liberal Arts and made possible by the support of the Reiberg family, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, University College and the University Library.

Orlando Ricardo Menes

Orlando Ricardo Menes

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