PROGRAM: Official Poet of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Presented by:
Indiana Humanities
Subject: Other, Performing Arts, Poetry Audience: All

From the roar of the engines and cheers of the crowd, to the legendary drivers and track lore, down to the special bond between the city of Indianapolis and racing fans around the world, there is much to ignite the imagination of poets and creators.

In April 2016, the council invited poets everywhere to submit an original poem inspired by the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” More than 200 poets from across the world from ages 8 to 85 submitted an Indy 500-themed poem.

The winner was internationally-touring performance poet Adam Henze of Bloomington, Ind and Mike Murphy, a writer and poet from Baltimore, MD received second place.

In addition to the competition and event, the council also hosted a gathering with the 33 finalists where they read their poetry.