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TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s 2014 poetry series, “The Poet Speaks,” will begin Feb. 20 with a reading by Maureen Fry at the center, 301 W. Main St.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Fry retired in 2009 after 30 years at Wittenberg University in Springfield, where she was director of the Writing Center and taught a variety of writing courses and workshops.

Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Sou’wester, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, McGregor Voice, Greenwoman, Mock Turtle, Icon, Common Threads, and The Ohio Poetry Day Association’s Best of 2012 and Best of 2013.

Her poetry has won prizes in the Troy-Hayner Poetry Competition (2012 and 2013), the Pocket Poem contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee and several ByLine competitions. A finalist for Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize, she also has received honorable mentions in Kent State’s Hart Crane Contest, several Best of Ohio Writer competitions, and the 2004 and 2005 Akron Art Museum’s New Words poetry contests.

In 2003, her poem, “The Way It Is,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing, from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and an master of arts degree from the University of Dayton.

A native of Baltimore, she moved to Ohio in 1970 and lives on a 150-acre organic farm/nature preserve in Champaign County where she and her husband, Phil, raised their two sons.

A second reading will be March 27 and will feature poet Herbert Woodward Martin, presenting works by Paul Laurence Dunbar as well as his own original poems.

Hayner is holding its fourth annual poetry contest in 2014, the winners of which will be the readers at the April reading. David A. Peterman of Wright State University is the coordinator of the Poetry Series.

The contest is open to all residents of Miami County or surrounding counties. All work must be original, never published and never read at a Hayner poetry reading. Poets who have been featured in the Hayner Poetry Series are ineligible. Members of Wright State University faculty will judge entries, and cash prizes will be awarded. Each year The Hayner creates a chap book containing winning submissions and are made available for purchase by the public.

For more information or to obtain a prospectus, see the Hayner website at troyhaynercenter@troyhayner.org or call the Hayner Center at 339-0457.

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