Fine writing is at the core of Hiram’s curriculum and its reputation, and students and faculty alike are adding to that tradition.
The Lindsay Crane Center for Writing and Literature and the English Department will mark the end of National Poetry Month by toasting the winners of the annual Vachel Lindsay Poetry Contest and the Stamm Prize for formal poetry with readings and a celebration at 4:30 p.m. April 30 in the Pritchard Room of the Library.
Sarah Pavolko, ‘12 won the Lindsay competition with her poem “Attracting Lightning,” while Nathan Hollaway, ’12, took second prize for “The Red Kerchief (a painting by Claude Monet)”, and Gracie D’Angelo, ‘12 received third prize for her work, “Carbon and Water.” Senior Olivia Hess, (“Stopover”)and sophomore Maggie Henry (“Flight to Albuquerque”) came away with honorable mention. Senior Maryann Hudak won the Stamm prize for “Eaves.” The winners will all read from their works at the event on Monday.
Hudak also had success off campus, winning first prize in creative non-fiction from “Calliope,” the University of Mount Union’s student literary journal, and her poem “Infection” won second place in the journal’s poetry category.
Recognition from outside campus came to sophomore Matt Margo whose poem, “Ken Jones,” will appear in the forthcoming edition of the journal “West Wind Review,” while Caitlyn Caldwell, ’13 presented her essay, “Virginia Woolf’s Mother Bird,” at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference, April 5-7 at Weber State University in Ogden Utah. Lauren Parker, ’12, also won accolades when her capstone project, “A Lot of Truths, ” was selected as a finalist in the Hollins Literary Festival’s Fiction Contest.’
On the faculty side, Joyce Dyer, John S. Kenyon Professor of English, will participate in a workshop for 826 Michigan, the Ann Arbor-based chapter of 826 National, a non- profit organization founded to help children and young adults in urban areas get excited about and improve their writing. Dyer will also help staff a workshop called “The Twenty: A Kentucky Young Writers Advance.” The one-week workshop, hosted by Nikky Finney, winner of this year’s National Book Award for Poetry, is designed to help young writers from both rural and urban Kentucky develop their writing. Both workshops are in June.