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Poetry at Miami Exhibition: Spring 2023

A quadrangle at Miaimi University in the fall.

Poetry has been a vital part of social and academic life Miami University since the early 1800's. A new exhibition, which will open in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives in King Library in March of 2023, will explore the rich history of Poetry at Miami, with a particular focus on poetry and student life.

In order to discover and share this history, the Miami Libraries are providing three Curatorial Fellowship Awards of $500 each to students who are interested in working with librarians and archivists to create and curate an exhibition that will tell the story of poetry at Miami.

Students selected as co-curators will have an opportunity to explore Miami's collections of poetry and other materials written by Miami students and faculty across the years, to select materials for display, and to create explanatory labels  about the materials selected. Students will also have opportunities to present their observations about the materials they select, and the narratives that their selected materials create.

Award winners will gain valuable experience working with rare and archival materials and exhibition design, while receiving support from Miami librarians and archivists.

Award winners will select items from Miami's collections to display as part of the exhibit and will write up descriptive labels for these item, collaborating with a team of students, librarians, and archivists by attending exhibition planning meetings and an opening reception in March of 2023. More details and information for applicants is available at this link.

All Miami students are invited to apply for these fellowships. We especially encourage students with interests in poetry, social history, publishing, literature, museums, libraries, and archival studies to apply. We also strongly encourage students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please fill out and submit this application form by 11:59 pm on Sunday September 18. If you have questions, please contact librarian Mark Dahlquist at