McKendree Professor Will Judge Poetry Contest State Finals

Lebanon, Ill. — Dr. Jenny Mueller, associate professor of English at McKendree University, will be a judge for the Illinois state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition in Springfield on March 14.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry, master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. It is co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and coordinated with arts agencies in all 50 states. Each state agency helps high schools set up their own contests and then creates regional finals, which culminate in the state finals. Winners at the state level go on to compete nationally in Washington, D.C., April 29-30. They also receive a cash prize and their schools receive a stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

Dr. Mueller teaches poetry and creative writing at McKendree and advises “The Montage” student literary magazine. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies.




McKendree University is a College of Distinction, among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for 2014. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. McKendree also has campuses in Louisville and Radcliff, Ky., and offers programs at Scott Air Force Base and other sites throughout Illinois and Kentucky.