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Moravian College Announces Lebensfeld Writing Prizes

Bethlehem, Pa., May 7, 2007—Moravian College recently announced the recipients of the 2006-2007 Upper Division Lebensfeld Student Writing Prizes that are awarded annually in recognition of students who have demonstrated excellent writing skills in various categories. The winner for Best Poem was Stephanie Anderson ’07, Doylestown, Pa., for “Flounder Sestina.”  Honorable Mentions were awarded to Sachhyam Regmi ’08, Kathmandu, Nepal, for “Rain in the Life of Widow;” and Erika Larsen ’07, Allentown, Pa., for “Hello Morning.”  The category was judged by Len Roberts, a local poet.

Abigail Perrin ’08, Thornton, Co., received the prize for Best Short Story entitled “Newton’s First Law.”  Honorable Mention went to Krystle-Dawn Willing ’08, Lansford, Pa., and her story “A Piece of Henrick.”

Anderson’s “Not Mother-in-Law” won the Best Personal Essay award, and Amelia Dietrich ’08, East Texas, Pa., merited Honorable Mention for “Louisiana Winter.”  A panel composed of Moravian College alumni, graduate students, and faculty members representing other colleges and universities judged the short story and personal essay divisions.

Perrin also was awarded the Best Academic Essay prize for “Donne as a Chemist:  the Incontrovertible Reality of the Body,” which she wrote for British Renaissance and Neoclassicism. Students who received Honorable Mention were Dietrich for “Chaucer and Boccaccio:  Genius Aligned;” Jen Grier ’07, Newton, N.J., for “Governed by Sensation:  The Sensian Way;” and Brynn Wajda ’07, Allenwood, Pa., for “A Beautiful Collision:  Alternative Modalities and Biomedicine.”  Essays were judged by Dr. Jack Ramsey, director of the Moravian College Theater Company and professor of English.

The winning writers received a $100 cash prize, and their works will be published on the Moravian College English Department/Writing Center website at http://home.moravian.edu/public/eng/wc-winners.htm.

The Lebensfeld Prize is sponsored by the Moravian College Writing Center and funded through the support of the Lebensfeld Foundation of Jersey City, New Jersey. Prizes also are awarded each year during both the fall and spring semesters for the Best Writing 100 Essays. Faculty members who teach Writing 100 in the spring and fall semesters select the winning essays that are "published" in a collection called THE BEST WRITING 100 ESSAYS. A cash prize of $50 is awarded to the student winners.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.