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Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest receives nearly 2,000 entries

Students from Massachusetts, New York and Wisconsin earned the top three prizes in the 2017 Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest. In total, the contest received nearly 2,000 entries.
Penn State Behrend professor George Looney in a classroom with students.

Behrend poet discusses why verse still works

"Poetry infuses the world with meaning," says George Looney, distinguished professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. "It challenges conventional assumptions about us and our place in the world."