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Student Literary Competition 2001 - 2002

National Student Literary Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2001-2002 Student Literary Competition, hosted by Cuyahoga Community College and coordinated by Margo Bohanan, were recently announced. First Prize awards were presented to Serena Ruden, Central Piedmont Community College, for her one-act play titled "Do I?," Kathleen Skye Opel, Monroe Community College, for her short story "A Coyote's Tale," Monica Delaorra, Johnson County Community College, for her poem titled "Flamenco Suite," and Erin Connolly, Sinclair Community College, for her essay "Someone Has to Take Care of All the Cats."

Second Prize awards were won by Bonnie Kaplan Brauer, Monroe Community College, for the one-act play "The Beach," Lionel de Maine, De Anza College, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, for a short story titled "Only a Game," Jeremy Schmall, Sinclair Community College, for his poem titled "Billy Collins, Police Officer," and Brian Kenny, Moraine Valley Community College, for his essay titled "The Glory of War."

Third Prize awards were given to Bartly Ray Wilson, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawaii Community College System, for the one-act play "Abulect," Dawn Hofaker, Sinclair Community College, for her short story titled "Baptism," Denise Caldwell, Scottsdale Community College, Maricopa Community College District, for her poem titled "Applied Math," and David Duhart, El Centro College, Dallas County Community College District for his essay "The Most Important Day in All my Life."

Honorable Mentions were given to Cindy A. Miller, St. Louis Community College, for her one-act play "Twilight," Thomas Grossman, Delta College, for his short story titled "Lost in the Move," Kelly Lemons, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Community College District, for her poem "Superstitious Mountains," Brent Griffin, Monroe Community College, for his essay "Shadow," Korrine M. Yeroyan, Lane Community College, for her essay "The Small Hands of Shame," and Diayn Day, Glendale Community College, Maricopa Community College District, for her essay "Aunt Melba's Accidental Detour."

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

The jurors for this year's Student Literary Competition were Linda Eisenstein (One-Act Play), Mary Grimm (Short Story), Thomas Sayers Ellis (Poetry), and Bill Roorbach (Personal Essay). Each of the judges has published works and won awards for their literary pieces.

Linda Eisenstein's plays and musicals have been produced in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and South Africa. Her play, Three the Hard Way, is the winner of the Gilmore Creek Play Competition and an Ohio Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship. Mary Grimm's short story "We" won the 1988 National Magazine Award for fiction, and was also named one of the "100 Distinguished Short Stories" in The Best American Short Stories (1989). Grimm is currently working on her new novel, Surrounded by Water. Thomas Sayers Ellis' poetry has appeared in numerous publications including The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry (1997 and 2001), and the Boston Book Review. Ellis teaches in the Bennington Writers Seminars and is currently Assistant Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where he was the winner of the 2000 Carl F. Wittke Award for Teaching. Bill Roorbach is the author of numerous works including his new novel, The Smallest Color (2001). His works have appeared in many publications such as Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and The New York Times Magazine. Roorbach has received Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist grants in Creative Nonfiction and Criticism, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Bread Loaf Fellowship. Roorbach is currently a visiting associate professor of English at Colby College in Maine.

The 2002-2003 competition will be hosted by Sinclair Community College and coordinated by Timothy Waggoner.