FORMS OF ADDRESS WRITING CONTEST

$200 Grand Prize

(additional prizes for winners in each category)

 

Entries due by March 15. Submit your entry to cals@psu.edu.   

Please include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category.  Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and www.cals.la.psu.edu.

This contest is part of the 2021 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth and Power (2020)—a Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction—in which author Deirdre Mask examines the ways in which street addresses provide for ongoing race, class, and other divisions.  Relatedly, “forms of address” denote guidelines for how to address government officials and professional persons, and religious dignitaries and royal figures, among others, in spoken greetings and written documents.  Inspired by the range of styles, occasions, and categories “forms of address” encompass, enter your best writing—7,500 words or less—in which someone (or something) addresses someone or something else in ways that signal and/or unsettle hierarchical attitudes, ideas, and assumptions in one of the following categories:  

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a Writer under 18 

ADDRESSING INEQUITY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

WHEN

Monday, March 15, 2021, 4 - 5pm

WHERE

PSU Zoom (No prior registration required).

In The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power—a Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction—Deirdre Mask examines how addresses and street names reflect ongoing race, class, and other divisions.  In this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will use The Address Book as a launch point for a broader discussion about how addresses and other place markers provide, or withhold, access to power and mobility. Treating specific case studies—Black travel guidebooks; the proprietary geocode system What3words; and the United States Postal Service—panelists will suggest strategies that have been, and might yet be, employed to navigate or otherwise redress inequities that place markers of various kinds demarcate. 

Featured Panelists:

Christy Pottroff, Assistant Professor of English, Boston College

Eunice Toh, Graduate Student in English and African American and Diaspora Studies, Penn State

Ashley Marie Cashion, Strategic Partnerships Director, USA, What3words

Watch the Recorded Event Here

AN EVENING WITH DEIRDRE MASK

WHEN

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 7-8pm

WHERE

Schlow Library Zoom

DETAILS

Author, Deirdre Mask, will visit Centre County readers virtually to discuss her award-winning book, The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power. A satisfying and entertaining read, Mask asks questions readers never thought they had about street addressing. Moderated by Dr. Lorraine Dowler, Associate Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Professor of Geography, Penn State.

Funding for the event is provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

  • Focus on Public Health

    Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-7:30pm

    Schlow Library Zoom

    Register Here.

  • General Book Discussion

    Friday, March 12, 1-2pm

    Centre County Library & Historical Museum Zoom

    Register Here.

  • Focus on Legislative Districting

    Saturday, March 20, 10-11am

    Centre County Library & Historical Museum Zoom

    Register Here.

  • General Book Discussion

    Wednesday, March 24, 7-8pm

    Schlow Library Zoom

    Register Here.

  • General Book Discussion

    Wednesday, April 21, 6:30-7:30pm

    Centre County Library & Historical Museum Zoom

    Register Here.

STORYTIMES

  • Everybody Storytime

    Wednesday, March 3, 10am

    Schlow Library Zoom.

    Register Here.

  • All-Ages Storytime

    Tuesday, March 9 (Pre-recorded)

    Centre County Library & Historical Museum Facebook

    View Here.