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Moravian College Announces Lebensfeld Writing Prizes

Bethlehem, Pa., May 13, 2010—Moravian College recently announced the recipients of the 2010 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 Zachary Roth ’10, Nazareth, Pa., for “West of Hollywood.”  Honorable mention went to Francine Krause ’11, Philadelphia, Pa., for “Quarter-Life Crisis,” Laura Novick ’10, Bath, Pa., for “Eighty Cigarette Days,” Meghan Simone ’11, Midland Park, N.J., for “Rain;” and Michael Watson ’11, Phillipsburg, N.J., for “Church.” The judge for this year’s Poem category was Alexis Vergalla, a Moravian College graduate who received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside and published her first chapbook, Letters through Glass, in 2009.

Justin Sisko ’10, Palmerton, Pa. received the prize for Best Short Story entitled “The Rock.”  Honorable Mention went to Zachary Roth ‘10, Nazareth, Pa., and his story “4 AM.”

Best Personal Essay awards went to Caitlin Campbell ’13, Brick, N.J., for “Lessons from the Shore;” and Michael Watson ’11, Phillipsburg, N.J., for “A Good Year, Man,” and Kanizeh Fatema Visram ’10, Easton, Pa., merited Honorable Mention for “Walking a Different Path.” Judges for this year’s prizes in the Short Story and the Personal Essay were a group of Moravian alumni who work as writers, editors, and educators.

The prize for Best Academic Essay was awarded to Rebecca Kolacki ’10, Blue Point, N.J,  for two submissions: “Hearing the Music in Harry Potter” and “A Fairy Tale of Mythic Proportions: Parallels between the Agamemnon Story and Classic Fairy Tales.” Students who received Honorable Mention were Aaron Reid ’13, Margate, N.J., for “The Value of Faith in ‘The Rich Brother’” and Katie Trinisewski ’11, Macungie, Pa., for “Thoreau’s Argument for ‘Living Deliberately.’” The judge for this year’s Academic Essay category was Dr. Dennis Glew, Professor of History, who retires this year after forty years at Moravian College.

The winning writers received a $100 cash prize. 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.

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.