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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College recently announced the winners of the 2003 spring semester's Upper-Division Lebensfeld Prizes for the Best Essay, Short Story, and Poem. Judged the best scholarly essay was Hate 3.16: The Ambiguous Nature of Religion and Its Influence over Hate by Nicole Luisi. Best Short Story prize was awarded to Amy Unger for Sweet Adeline. Bill Trub earned Honorable Mention for Bunnytalk. Sara Suleman won upper-division best personal essay for Paradox. Bill Trüb won best poem for Underpoem. Honorable mention was awarded to Billy Weber for Visceral and Amy Unger for Before the Frenzy of Morning.
The poetry prize judge was Barbara Crooker, a resident of Fogelsville, Pa. who has published eleven poetry chapbooks and whose poems have appeared in many distinguished literary journals and anthologies.
Crooker commented that Underpoem won me over not only for its use of language, but because its underlying metaphor really worked. “Visceral” did just what the poem set out to do, hit me in the gut and tickled my funny bone. Before the Frenzy of Morning is lovely lyric, subtle and understated.”
These prize winners are selected by a team of Moravian College alumni who work in the fields of writing, publishing, and communications.
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 are awarded each year for 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. All essays are then "published" in a collection called THE BEST WRITING 100 ESSAYS and a cash prize of $50 is also awarded to the student winner. The prize-winning works will also appear on the Moravian College Writing Center's Web page at: http://home.moravian.edu/public/eng/wc-winners.htm