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Poetry Reading Sponsored by Focus on Reading

Paducah residents Amelia Martens and Britton Shurley will share their poetry during a presentation October 28 at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. The free poetry reading begins at 2:00 pm in the WKCTC Matheson Library. Martens and Shurley, both WKCTC English instructors, received the Emerging Artist Award of $1000 each for demonstrating a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. Martens and Shurley are married and are expecting their first child.

WKCTC is so fortunate to have two talented and accomplished poets to serve as writing teachers and mentors to our students, said WKCTC English Department Coordinator Kim Russell. Britton and Amelia are dedicated to working with our students and providing them opportunities to develop and showcase their writing talents. And it's exciting to have the chance to honor Britton and Amelia for their accomplishments in their own writing careers.

Martens received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Indiana University in 2007 and is currently pursuing a masters degree in language, literacy, and culture with an emphasis on adult literacy. At work on her first collection of poems, Martens has taught writing as an adjunct instructor at WKCTC since 2007. Her chapbook, Purgatory, recently won the Black Lawrence Chapbook Competition and will be published by the press in January 2012. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, Connecticut Review, Epicenter, Kudzu, pacificREVIEW, Slipstream, The Madison Review, and Whiskey Island.

Shurley holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Indiana University. His chapbook, Johnny Depp Saved from Drowning, has been published by Permafrost and his poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in such journals as Bateau, Passages North, Epicenter, Salt Hill, Whiskey Island, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Plain Spoke, and Natural Bridge.

The poetry reading is sponsored by WKCTCs Focus on Reading program. Refreshments will be served at the event.