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National Student Literary Competition Winners Announced


The winners of the 2010-2011 Student Literary Competition, hosted by San Diego Community College District and coordinated by Karen Lim, were recently announced. The first place awards were presented to Lindsey Walker, North Seattle Community College, for her essay titled, “Chaos Theory;” Rose Fields, Maricopa Community College District–Paradise Valley Community College, for her poem, “A Day’s Work;” Pam Howe, Monroe Community College, for her short story titled, “A Jar Fulla Butterflies;” and Robin Devereaux-Nelson, Delta College, for her one-act play, “Chocolate.”

The second place award winners include Philos Molina, Lane Community College, for the essay, “Of Pupusas and Love;” Terrence D. Dixon, St. Louis Community College, for a poem titled, “Stolen Moment;” Melanie McCuin, Maricopa Community College District–Mesa Community College, for her short story titled, “Snow;” and Vincent Turpin, Anne Arundel Community College, for his one-act play titled, “Whispers in the Dark.”

The third place awards were given to Steven Julmus, St. Louis Community College, for his essay, “Child Restavek: Their Souls Cry Out;” Bailey Phillips, Delta College for her poem titled, “Don’t Call Me White Girl;” Alexander Hughes, Seattle Central Community College, for his short story titled, “Flowers From Marta;” and Pam Howe, Monroe Community College, for her one-act play, “Disclosure.”

Honorable mentions were given to David Martinez, Maricopa Community College District--Glendale Community College for his essay titled, “Conde;” Benjamin L. Staisloff, Anne Arundel Community College, for his poem, “My God Has Blistered Feet;” Alexandra Gundy, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, for her short story, “Moving Day;” and Anton Pooles, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, for his one-act play, “Out of One’s Heart.”

Under the leadership of San Diego Community College District, the competition included over 60 literary works from League board colleges. A catalog of all entries is currently being produced by San Diego City College and will be mailed to all League board members this fall.

The jurors for this year’s Student Literary Competition were Luis Rodriguez (Essay), Marilyn Chin (Poetry), Barbara Quick (Short Story) and Carlenne Lacosta (One-Act Play). Each of the judges has published works and won awards for their literary pieces.

Rodriguez is best known for the 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. With more than 300,000 copies sold, the book received a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, and a New York Times Notable Book designation. Chin has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, two NEAs, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, and residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, and others. Quick’s reviews, essays, and articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Ms., the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her first nonfiction book, Still Friends: Living Happily Ever After…Even If Your Marriage Falls Apart, was published by Wildcat Canyon Books in January 2000. Lacosta is the Director of New Play Development at Native Voices at the Autry and a member of the LMDA, and earned her MA degree in Theatre Arts at SDSU.

The 2011-2012 competition will be hosted by the Santa Fe College and coordinated by Susan Miller.