Adaption of Local Poet’s “Negative Space” Up for Oscar

Academy award nominee for best animated short, negative space

Ron Koertge local south pasadena poet.
Ron Koertge

An adaption of South Pasadena poet Ron Koertge’s poem “Negative Space” has been nominated for Best Animated Short at this year’s Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Koertge published the poem with Red Hen Press in 2014. Narrated by a son, the poem tells of how the narrator’s relationship with his father developed through learning to pack a suitcase.