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Celebrate Poetry Month with Dr. C. David Hay
Celebrate Poetry Month at the Vigo County Public Library on Thursday, April 18 at 12:10 pm with poet Dr. C. David Hay. Dr. Hay has been widely published nationally and internationally and is the author of four books of poetry. He was the first American to appear in the Russian independent newspaper, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, with his poem, The Arrowhead. Hay has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and is the recipient of the Ordo Honoris Award from Kappa Delta Rho.
The sight of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington D.C. inspired Dr. Hay to write one of his most famous poems. Hay says, "I couldn't sleep that night at the hotel after what I had seen at the memorial, so I got up in the middle of the night and wrote the poem The Wall." His poem, The Wall, was engraved on a metal plaque and added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Vigo County Courthouse lawn in 2012. Dr. David Hay, a published and local poetry writer says he sees inspiration in all parts of his life through world events.
Dr. Hay is a retired dentist, having practiced in Rosedale for 42 years. He is a graduate of Wiley High School with a B.S. and Doctor of Dental Surgery Degrees from Indiana University. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from I. U. School of Dentistry in 2008. He and his wife Joy, now reside in Terre Haute. Brown bag lunches are welcome at the program and no reservations are necessary to attend.