A-B students receive writing honors

Three students at Alderson-Broaddus have received top honors in the annual writing contests sponsored by the Alderson-Broaddus literature and writing faculty and the student editorial board of InFlux, the campus literary publication.

In the poetry contest, Rob Reaser, an English major from Moatsville, received first place for his poem “I Know Why the Holly Tree Grows.” Second place was awarded to Lanessa Murphy, a senior English major from Philippi, for her poem “Stolen Work.” Andrea Sall, a senior English major from Vienna, received the third-place award for her poem “He Died for Me, Too.”

In the short story contest, Reaser was awarded first place for his story “Incident in the Green Swamp,” and Murphy received second place for her story “Shotgun Wedding Band.” Ashley Riffle, a junior English major from Fairview, received third place for her story “Summer in Astoria.”

Contest entries were judged this year by Cheryl Denise Miller, the author of two books of poetry, “What’s in the Blood” (2012) and “I Saw God Dancing” (2005), both published by Cascadia Publishing House, Telford, Pa. She has a spoken word poetry CD, Leaving Eden (2012), with music from Ben Regier, available on cdbaby.com. She and her husband, Mike Miller, are part of the intentional community of Shepherds Field, near Philippi. The community raises Jacob Sheep and sells wool blankets and yarn.

The winning poems and short stories, along with other works by Alderson-Broaddus students, faculty, and alumni, will appear in InFlux 2013.

For information about receiving this publication, or about the creative writing program at Alderson-Broaddus, anyone interested can contact Professor Carol Del Col, faculty adviser for InFlux and chair of the Division of Humanities, at 304-457-6301 or delcolcs@ab.edu.