When poets and writers gather for a weekend of readings and fellowship, the mutual appreciation and inspiration are almost visible floating in the air. On April 11 and 12, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature hosted such a group in celebration of Issue 31 of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art.
A Fairmont State University senior English Education major has been selected as one of two winners of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) College/University Level Poetry Competition.
Ian Williams, a Fairmont native, was selected as one of two first-place winners by a panel of three independent judges at the competition for his manuscript “House of Bones.” Williams will graduate from FSU in May and plans to pursue an MFA in Poetry. The other first-prize winner, Lisa Levin, is a senior at UC-Berkeley.
Fairmont State University has selected five student research projects for funding under the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.
Sara Davis, Jennifer Goggins, Courtney Swiger and Ian Williams have been named to hold the University’s prestigious SURE fellowships. They each will receive a stipend of $2,400 to conduct their projects between May 13 and June 30, 2013. Completed projects will be presented at the Celebration of Student Scholarship in April 2014.
From Wednesday, Feb. 29, until Saturday, March 2, the Marriott at 555 Canal Street in New Orleans played host to over a thousand conventioneers from Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary society. Three students from Fairmont State University’s Beta Omega chapter attended this event, along with their sponsor, Dr. James Matthews. Their trip was jointly funded by the Department of Language and Literature and the Office of the Provost.