Mitchell Douglas nominated for NAACP award 

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Professor nominated for Image Award

An IUPUI creative writing professor is among the nominees for the 41st NAACP Image Awards.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas' Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem has been recognized in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category. Published by Red Hen Press of Los Angeles in 2009, Cooling Board is Douglas' debut collection. Douglas joined the IUPUI faculty in 2006.

A press conference announcing the nominees was held at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on Jan. 6.

The award nomination coincides with news that Douglas plans to launch a second tour in support of the book on Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Day) in St. Louis, MO. Cooling Board, a book-length persona poem honoring the late soul legend Donny Hathaway, is partially based in St. Louis, Hathaway's boyhood home.

More than 1,200 entries were received for this year's contest. A committee of industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country selected five nominees in each of the 53 categories. Final selections are subject to a vote by NAACP members. Winners will be announced during the live airing of the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Visit for a full list of nominees.

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