Senior Creative Writing Majors Give Reading; Yeaste Wins Snyder Award
On Tuesday, April 25, the senior creative writing majors shared portions of their capstone projects at a public reading. Kayti Bowles's project, The Exquisite Corpse, is a chronological, confessional book of poetry that navigates the ups and downs of life into adulthood. The final section is a personal address to her children through poems regarding the conditions of womanhood, the pitfalls of their bloodline, and more. Tia Shanklin's The Holders is a fantasy/adventure novel that will become a five-book series. It is a series full of magic, adventure, revenge, and an underlying message of inclusivity and breaking free from labels. Sarah Yeaste's The Phantom and the Monster is a young adult dystopian/fantasy novel that explores the question of whether there is such a thing as good or evil.
Sarah Yeaste, pictured above with Dr. Kelly Sundberg, was honored with the Richard Snyder Award for outstanding senior creative writing major. The award comes with a cash prize. Congratulations to Sarah for this award and to Kayti and Tia for completing their capstone projects! ...Read more
Outstanding Students Recognized at Honors Convocation
Reagan Morse, Jillian Beun, and Hannah Coon
Three students from the Department of Languages and Literatures—all Integrated Languages Arts majors—were recognized at the AU Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 23. Jillian Beun was chosen by department faculty as the Outstanding Sophomore, Hannah Coon as Outstanding Junior, and Reagan Morse as Outstanding Senior. We are proud of their achievements and grateful for their contributions to our department community.
Graduating Senior Spotlight: Part Two
Graduating Senior Spotlight: Part One
I initially came to Ashland University as an Integrated Language Arts Education major. I soon realized that Education just was not my passion and was not right for the eighteen-year-old version of myself. However, I will never regret this decision, as within this major, I was able to find my passion and appreciation for literature and writing. I changed my major to English my sophomore year and added Creative Writing as my minor soon after. This program and department have been so beneficial to me and have helped me picture where I want to go. Not only did I meet literatures of all kinds, but I also got to know some of the most supportive and kindest people I have ever met. I must shout out Dr. Waterman, who not only stepped into the role of being my professor and academic advisor, but also went above and beyond. I will never forget the conversations we had my senior year after class when she was my biggest support system, motivating me to keep going and doing my best. These conversations that I had with her and several of my other professors truly helped shape me into the motivated, goal-driven woman I am. I thank all of my professors in the English department for your expertise, and all of your hard work that helped get me where I am now. As a first-generation student born to immigrant parents, it means a...Read more