Powell Award Reading Tonight

The Powell Award Committee is proud to announce the winners and finalists of the 2017 Roy F. Powell Award. The award is named after Roy Powell, the University’s first creative writing teacher, and is sponsored by the Peter Christopher Creative Writing Fund.

Judges for this year’s award were: Dr. Terry Welford, Creative Nonfiction; Prof. Burney Marsh, Fiction; Prof. Christina Olson, Poetry.

The following are the winners and finalists:

Winner, Creative Nonfiction: Devan Pride

Devan Pride is a senior Writing and Linguistics major and previous  Powell Award winner from Adamsville, OH. She’s also an editor and co-founder of Moonglasses Magazine, and, when not writing, can often be found playing video games and beating really tough boss monsters on the first try. Dabbling in many forms of creative writing, such as screenwriting, nonfiction, and poetry, fiction is where her heart lies, and she plans to pursue an MFA in the genre after graduating.

Honorable Mentions in Creative Nonfiction: Kenneth Lee and Kelsey Allman

Kenneth Lee is a senior multimedia journalism and writing major from Richmond Hill, Georgia, with a forthcoming publication in Entropy Magazine. Lee enjoys David Sedaris, Nas, and fitted Brooks Brothers shirts that he can’t afford. He’s also too cold to hold, and too hot to handle!

Kelsey Lynn Allman is a senior in Georgia Southern’s Writing and Linguistics program, specializing in nonfiction writing, with her eyes set on graduate school. When not writing, she can always be found somewhere near the water, attempting to cook something she isn’t allergic to, or desperately trying to teach her dog to speak English.

Winner in Poetry: Ashanti Hardy

Ashanti Hardy is a senior Criminal Justice Major and Writing minor from Stone Mountain, Georgia. She enjoys writing because it allows her a chance to create a different relationship with the world. She is inspired by the works of Mahogany Browne, Donte Collins, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin to name a few.

Poetry Honorable Mention: Summer Kurtz

Summer Kurtz is a poet from Warner Robins, Georgia, hoping to get into graduate school. She is inspired by the mysteries of the universe and is always trying to find a way to write about space.

Winner in Fiction: Ena Mangon

Ena Mangon is a self proclaimed escapist. She has been writing for most of her life and loves to consume stories in all forms, be it writing, film, or the latest tv show she is binge watching. Though she has switched majors a couple of times through her college career, she has returned to studying writing as it has always been her passion.

Honorable Mention in Fiction: Aleyna Rentz

Aleyna Rentz was once described by Jonathan Franzen as a bright young lady. This is really all you need to know about her, but in case you require more information, she’s a senior writing and English double major from Bainbridge, Georgia, where she grew up with her six siblings. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and she is one of the founding editors of Moonglasses Magazine.

Winners and honorable mentions will read from their submissions this Thursday March 23 at 7pm in IT 1005. The winners will also be honored the University’s Honors Day on April 5, and each will receive a prize of $100.


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