Students at Shortridge High School – renowned author Kurt Vonnegut’s alma mater – were invited to theorize on the contents of an unopened letter the author’s father wrote to his son while the latter was being held as a prisoner of war inside the underground meat locker that would inspire his great work, Slaughterhouse-Five. Two of those students, Tiasha Jones and Dayonia Meredith, both juniors, have won $1,000 scholarships for their efforts.
Jones won the Kurt Vonnegut Writing Award and Meredith the Jane Cox Vonnegut Writing Award, announced at the annual Night of Vonnegut fundraising event in April. (Jane Cox was Vonnegut’s first wife.) The event is hosted annually by the nation's only institution dedicated to Kurt Vonnegut.
The awards were presented by Nanette Vonnegut, the author’s youngest daughter. The scholarships are funded by members of the Vonnegut family.
Weeklong workshop helps teachers teach Vonnegut
Speaking of high school and Vonnegut …
High school teachers can face challenges when trying to share this author’s works with young students. To help, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library presents “Teaching Teachers to Teach Kurt Vonnegut,” a free weeklong workshop made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission.
Teachers will earn continuing education credit and hear from a panel of scholars (listed at vonnegutlibrary.org).