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WCI Writing Contest

The 2015-16 school year is up and going, and that means a new year for the WCI Writing Contest. For more information about the writing contest, click on the following link: WCI Essay Contest. In the meantime, take a look at some of the winners and finalists from last year's contest.

Winners of the 2015 Writing Contest

Narrative Winner:

Melissa Grandison for "One Person Surviving Two Minds"

Finalists: Greg Zimmerman for "The Accident" and Madeeha Khan for "At the Dining Table"

Analysis Winner:

Stuti Misra for "The Distorted Perfect Image"

Finalists: Matthew Cattani for "Death with Dignity" and Ben Serenka for "Humanization through Education"

Argument Winner:

Sara Camacho for "Debate Wars, the Clone Wars"

Finalists: Sean Smith for "Hypocrisy of Hypocrisy: Intelligence and Drug Use" and Naomi McPeters for "The Purpose of Amabelle's Dreams: Collective Trauma and the Power of Recorded History"

Faculty Contributions

The Writing and Critical Inquiry faculty, in addition to teaching, have made a number of contributions to the scholarship in their fields during this academic year. Their work includes a variety of publications as well as presentations at writing and literature conferences.

Llana Carroll attended the "Fail Better: Writing, Thinking, and Risk-Taking in the Classroom" conference and workshop at Bard College in April 2015. You can learn more about Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking here.

Amanda Giracca's essay, "The art of butchery", was published in Aeon Magazine in April 2015. It was later chosen as a staff pick on You can read the article online here

"The Edge of Extraordinary", a personal essay by Amanda Giracca, was published in Vela Magazine. You can read the essay here.

Dr. Susan Cumings presented her paper, “Face On, Face Off: YA Fiction's Discursive Activism on Cranio-Facial Anomaly" at the Nomadikon/Center for the Ethics Of Seeing Symposium on Phenomenology of Face/Faces, in Athens, GA October 2014. Young Adult Fiction is investigated as a strategic site for interrupting social and economic discrimination based on anomalies of the face. "Discursive activism" is writing that changes the world!

Lisa Arrastia's article "The Bridge Back to Blackness: Chris Johnson and the Art of Social Transformation" was featured in the spring 2014 issue of Exposure: The Journal for the Society for Photographic Education (spring 2014): 4-17. You can read the article online here.

Dr. Moriah Hampton's short story "The End" recently appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Blazevox: An Online Journal of Voice. You can read this short story here.

"Standing," Moriah Hampton's submission to the Pine Hills Library Written Art Show will appear in the forth coming exhibition chapbook. As part of the Art Show's closing reception, she will be reading along with others short pieces written in response to the visual art currently on view. The closing reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6-8pm.

For its inaugural Spring 2015 issue, The Bleeding Lion recently published "Human Contact," a short story by Moriah Hampton. It is available online here.