FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         Date: April 24, 2003

        Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS student wins National Society of Arts and Letters poetry prize

SPRINGFIELD Dakin Dalpoas, a graduate student in the English program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has tied for third place in the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Poetry Competition.  The winners were announced April 13.

He will receive $200 for his prize-winning compilation of six poems: “As a Painful Portrait,” “As I Walked Away,” “Breaking the Tree Line,” “Crisp and Cool Regret,” “On Its Own,” and “Ready for Planting.”

Dalpoas has also written a novel, To Cover Her Eyes, and will read selections from it at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in room 461 of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

Nancy Genevieve Perkins, UIS assistant professor of English and herself the author of several books of poetry, noted, “Dakin is an outstanding writer. I think he will make UIS proud to count him among our graduates.”

Dalpoas expects to complete his degree this summer, making him the first graduate student in the English program to complete UIS’ new creative writing closure option.

The National Society of Arts and Letters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for young artists. NSAL attempts to discover artists at the beginning of their careers and to encourage, sponsor, assist, showcase, and introduce them to other members of their professions. Annual competitions are held in drama, dance, literature, music, and art. There are 25 chapters and nearly 1,500 members nationwide.