Volume 15 of Calliope Launched on April 25

On April 25, the Annandale Campus Division of Languages and Literature celebrated the launch of Calliope, Volume 15. Calliope is the Annandale Campus student journal of art and literature.

A large crowd of faculty, staff and students were present as English Professor and Calliope Co-Chair Adam Chiles provided welcoming remarks and acknowledged Calliope committee members and editorial staff in attendance, including Rima Gulshan, Linda Millington, Shirley Nuhn and Kama Storie.

Dean of the Languages and Literature Division, Jen Daniels, presented certificates to student winners of genre-specific prizes:

Poetry Awards

First Place: Hope Bachman “Mingo County, West Virginia 1997”
Second Place: Emily Hedgecock “Natural Disaster”
Third Place: Lina Abdul-Samad “America Wears Hijab”

Nonfiction Awards

First Place: Fang Rong “Writing From the Depth of the Soul”
Second Place: Chan Ju Park “The Eye of Storms in Korean Schools”
Third Place: Kevin Garlepp “The Hitchhiker”

Fiction Awards

First Place: Jiwoo Han “Media Nocte”
Second Place: Hope Backman “Actually”
Third Place: Mousa Toure “Miracle Worker”

ESL Prose Awards

First Place: Irina Swing “Hemingway and Me”
Second Place: Hui-Chuan Chen “Being Deaf’

Art Awards

Cover Prize: Maren Magyar “Breaking the Silence”
First Prize: Courtney Jessica Thompson “Now”
Second Prize: Caleb Sica “Weary Traveller”
Third Prize: Ya Ye “When We First Met”

“I think the committee did a great job compiling this issue,” said Daniels. “I’m so proud of all the students who submitted work.”

Each student award winner also receives scholarship prizes with $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. The prose and poetry prizes are provided by the Languages and Literature Division and the art prizes are given by the Liberal Arts Division, which also includes $150 for the cover art winner.

ESL Prose first place winner Irina Swing and nonfiction first place winner Fang Rong read from their award-winning submissions. Their remarks and those of other speakers were recorded on a podcast that will be available on the Calliope blog page.

English as a Second Language Professor and Calliope Co-Chair Til Turner made closing remarks, thanking a number of people who assisted in the production of Volume 15 of Calliope, including Annandale Provost Dr. Pam Hilbert, former Liberal Arts Dean Burt Perreti, and Administrative Coordinator Judy Gomez and Administrative Assistant Mary Atkins of the Languages and Literature Division.

“It was such a thrill to see a hall filled with students, their families and faculty members all come together to celebrate our student’s artistic achievements,” said Chiles. “This year’s Calliope is a dynamic testament to the important role art plays in their lives. I think this issue affirms the rich diversity of voices present on our campus.”

“I think this issue of Calliope is such a rich reading experience because it reflects the diversity of our students’ life experiences and captures the challenges of moving between and within multiple cultures,” added Daniels.

Calliope is published during the Spring Semester from student submissions accepted in the Fall Semester from September through December. Visit the Calliope blog for more information.

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