The Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics is honored to announce the winners of the 2013 Roy F. Powell Awards for Creative Writing.
Jared Sharp is the winner of the Poetry category with his poems “To Grow”, “Sleep Them Off” and “What Dream he Gave”, judged by Emma Bolden.
Jared Sharpe grew up in Vidalia with two brothers. In high school, his Literature and English professor Ann Smith, recognized a potential for writing within him, and encouraged him to believe in what she saw. Sharpe says that writing is and has been like an old friend to him. Writing gives him hope and he sees writing as a tool of freedom and opportunity. He has always enjoyed telling stories, and as a child, he preferred these stories by making movies. This passion has followed him through college, and now he’s hoping to work in film, whether it be through writing screenplays or by acting. His twin brother Jackson helps to push him as a writer, and the two believe in each other’s dreams when they don’t feel they can believe in their own. Between the two of them, they hope to one day stumble into a place where their imaginations can physically manifest through film.
Also in the Poetry category, the Department would like to recognize two honorable mentions, Jackson Sharpe and Kyera Swint.
Jackson Sharp is from Vidalia, GA known for sweet onions or just that exit you pass by on the interstate. He writes to keep himself feeling and imagining. He writes to connect with people and hopefully find one feeling that he can share in its resonance. He says, “People exist on physical, emotional and spiritual levels and writing is one of the best ways to express all three of those at the same time.
Kyera Swint is a senior Psychology major with a minor in both Sociology and Writing. She’s from Conyers, Georgia. She would say that writing is her outlet, but it’s not (she has rock music for that). She writes because she enjoys it, and she’s been told that others enjoy her writing as well. She read somewhere that poetry is, “an act of attention”, and who doesn’t like a bit of attention every now and again?
Efadul Huq is the winner of the Fiction category with his piece “Ghosts” judged by Laura Valeri.
Like most things in America, Efadul Huq was made outside the USA. He grew up between the wet-plains of Dhaka and the clouded hills of Darjeeling, always looking at the border between Bangladesh and India as a political equivalent of comma splice in our historical narrative. It’s been four years since he moved to Statesboro and he will be graduating this May with a major in Civil Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Writing. Having played around with concrete blocks and steel beams, participated in quactivism with the ducks by the lake and written a few thoughts that he got to share in conferences, he is about to take a short break before the next drive.
Also in the Fiction category, The Department of Writing and Linguistics would like to recognize two hororable mentions, Matt Lane and Anna Hathaway.
Anna Hathaway’s short story is titled “Nothing Serious” and it’s about those heartbreaking moments that happen in a family when the adults try to protect their children from bad news. Anna M. Hathaway is a twenty-one year-old senior at Georgia Southern University majoring in English Literature with a minor in Writing. She started writing (not well, but writing nonetheless) at the young age of eleven as a hobby, but soon it took over her life. She hopes to be an editor, while being a published author on the side.
Matt Lane wrote about an unrepentant convict coming to terms with himself while in solitary confinement in his short fiction piece titled “Ryan’s Journal.” Matt enjoys all sorts of writing, and has written many short stories and a few screen wrights. In his free time he loves to swim, play racquetball, and play xbox. And of course, he enjoys reading and writing too.
Taylor Tyson is the winner of the Creative Nonficiton category with his piece “3.5 Pounds” judged by Dr. Theresa Welford.
Taylor Tyson’s mother calls him “severely gifted.” He is from Loganville, Georgia – a town suspended in Purgatory between Athens and Atlanta. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. His childhood was spent under the iron fist of a Christian education, where he wasn’t allowed to use the words “hell” or “darn” in his writing. Needless to say, life has improved since coming to Statesboro. Right now, he’s a sophomore majoring in Writing, Linguistics, and Shenanigans. He is a member of both the University Programming Board and Adrenaline Show Choir, where he serves as secretary/fabulosity coordinator. He does parties, weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs, where he can be hired to stand there and look pretty.
Also in the Creative Nonfiction category, the Department would like to recognize two honorable mentions, Evin Hughes and Cady Ennis.
Evin Hughes is from Swainsboro, GA. He will be graduating soon with MM degrees in Information Technology and Writing & Linguistics. He is a volunteer with The Arabic Club at GSU and an alternative newsletter called The Southern Praxis. In October of last year, Evin Hughes was recognized by Muhammad Ali as the first annual winner of the Muhammad Ali Writing Award for Ethics.
Cady Ennis is a junior in Writing and Linguistics with a minor in Political Science. She traded her prop wand for a pen when she finally accepted she wasn’t going to receive a letter from Hogwarts, and she’s been writing ever since. Her trip to Albania with the Honors Program last summer greatly influenced her writing and career aspirations. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school for Creative Writing, become a novelist, and continue her travels abroad. She also enjoys swing music, The Twilight Zone, and she makes a mean chipotle cheese dip.
The Department of Writing and Linguistics congratulates these talented young writers and appreciates all the submissions received. Also, a special thanks to our judges Emma Bolden, Laura Valari and Theresa Welford.