Read. Respond. Win a scholarship up to $1,000.

Now Read This! Community Book Read

Offers the chance to win a scholarship worth up to $1,000

Residents of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are encouraged to read, discuss, and respond creatively to Resuscitivity by author Troy Bigelow. This community book read, to be conducted during the next several months, promotes literacy, dialogue about the literary work, and the enjoyment of reading the same book as a community.

Ivy Tech Northeast will award one or more scholarships worth up to $1,000 for the best creative responses to the book. 

Scholarship entries can include essays, music, dance, multimedia, and visual art submissions. The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2014 at 5 p.m.. Read the submission guidelines for details.

THE BOOK - Resuscitivity by Troy Bigelow

“Troy Bigelow writes with a rare range of tone and diction that can summon the hum of a sweet lyric right next to the sweat and crush of hard labor in lives ‘assembled like auto parts.’ He tells the shameful story of the working class in the 21st century: the grind of dangerous jobs erased by the mass layoffs no one saw coming, the cold silence of joblessness. Resuscitivity is a necessary book for our times—vital, poems that shine with intelligence, heart, and the beautiful ‘human language of the American.’”

-Maggie Anderson, founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and professor emerita of English at Kent State University


  • The New Edition Bookstore - North Campus in lower level of Harshman Hall, Ivy Tech Northeast
  • Ivy Tech’s library - Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.)
  • Area libraries and other area bookstores


Susan Howard

2013 Scholarship Winners

• $1,000 scholarship: Madyson Holtzinger    

• $500 scholarship: Janelle Jones     

• $500 scholarship: Nina Shedd        

Troy Bigelow

Bigelow worked for more than a decade as a blue-collar factory worker while earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University at IPFW. After being laid off on Christmas Day in 2006, he went to graduate school where he earned a master’s degree in English from Indiana University at IPFW in 2009. Bigelow’s work has been published in literary journals in three areas of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Currently, he is an assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and teaches composition and literature. Bigelow’s first book, Resuscitivity, won the Transcontinental Poetry Award sponsored by Pavement Saw Press. He lives in northeast Indiana with his wife and children.