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Student represents North Central at Chicago poetry festival

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Amy Elisabeth Olson
Amy Elisabeth Olson

Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307,

March 17, 2011—Amy Elisabeth Olson of Sycamore will represent North Central College at the 12th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival on April 7 at Columbia College Chicago.

The event is the Midwest’s only intercollegiate poetry festival and brings together 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities to read their work. Participating schools include Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago State University, DePaul University, Loyola University, National-Louis University, North Central College, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Chicago.

Olson, a graduate of Sycamore High School, is a junior majoring in English writing. She is coeditor of the NC Review—North Central’s literary magazine—and a tutor at the College’s Writing Center. She has been a teaching assistant for two first-year English courses and has worked with World Relief as an English language tutor to refugee children at Naperville’s Jefferson Middle School.

The festival is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Columbia College Department of English. Participants are chosen by their teachers based on the excellence of their work. The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 on the first floor of Columbia College Chicago’s Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave. Call 312-369-8819 for more information.

English is among more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central College. Visit to learn more.

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit to learn more.