“A Few of Us Can Even Write”….Go Blazers!

If you read my last posting, you noticed this reference to the PR campaign of Mississippi to address head on stereotypes people have of our state.


Well, here is proof.

Belhaven University students have about taken over the Southern Literary Festival.  This announcement from Dr. Randy Smith is impressive!

I received notification today concerning contest results for the Southern Literary Festival undergraduate writing contest.

Out of 4 writing categories (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and one-act play), Belhaven students won first place in two (one-act play and fiction), second place in two (poetry and creative nonfiction), and third place in one (creative nonfiction).

This is the strongest showing I remember by any single college or university.

Congratulations to the following:

1st Place, One-Act Play:         Lea Schumacher, Shadows on the Walls
1st Place, Fiction:                    Sarah Swenson, The Grandfather Clock
2nd Place, Poetry:                   Adrianne Smith, On Home
2nd Place, Nonfiction:             Alex Freel, The Lodge
3rd Place, Nonfiction:             Anna Marie Rebmann, Reading on Eternity’s Doorstep

These students are invited to attend the 2010 Southern Literary Festival to be held at MS University for Women, April 22-24, where they will have the opportunity to read from their winning works.

Well done and well deserved to all.

Randall A. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Creative Writing Program Director

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