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Social work director published in Indiana bicentennial poetry book

Sept. 14, 2016

Carol Massat, professor and director of the social work program at IU South Bend, was selected to have a poem included in "Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry," a book celebrating Indiana’s 200 years by showcasing poetry by Indiana’s poet laureates.

Carol Massat


Each county in Indiana is represented with a poem, and Massat’s poem, “Royer Lake, LaGrange County Indiana” was chosen for LaGrange County. Massat has rich historical ties to the state. Her ancestors were among the earliest settlers in northern Indiana, and include a state senator in the early and mid-1800s and one of the first doctors in Elkhart County.

“With my deep roots in the Hoosier state, I am proud to be represented in this ‘birthday book’ written to honor the first 200 years of Indiana history,” Massat said.

Although Massat’s field is now in social work, she has an extensive writing background: her first undergraduate degree was in creative writing, and she has had poems published occasionally since she was a student. Her knock for poetry combined with her abiding interest in Indiana state history is what led her to submit a poem for entry in Brick Street Poetry’s Indiana bicentennial project.

I was surprised and delighted to be selected. I received a call from the library telling me that my poem not only had been selected but was already published, and they had a copy of the book waiting for me at the library. I jumped in my car post haste and happily received my copy,” Massat said.

In addition to Massat’s poetry, she has also had works in the field of social work published, including her edited book "School Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research," now in the eighth edition, numerous peer reviewed journal publications, book reviews and monographs, and even a series of children’s books written with her friend Ruth Siburt about being in foster care. She formerly served as the editor of a national journal, "School Work Work Journal," for ten years.

“For fun, I have also co-authored with Jane Owens a mystery novel, 'The Genesis of Murder,' which is yet to be submitted to a publisher. One of its mysteries is when I will send it out,” Massat said.

Massat's selected poem can be read in full online.

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