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Wilson Community College celebrated its 10th edition of the Wilson Literary Review with a luncheon last month honoring all students, faculty and staff published in this year’s magazine.
Produced as a creative endeavor by the Wade A. Gardner Jr. and Lonnie M. Chase Endowment for Cultural Activities and the Wilson Community College Foundation, the Wilson Literary Review is published each year to encourage students and employees to express themselves with works that are both creative and provocative, while also providing an outlet for literary and artistic expression across the campus.
Submissions include those from the college’s students, including the Wilson Early College student population, and employees. The magazine is designed and formatted through a collaboration between editor Tammy Summerlin, who is also an English instructor for the college, and Kyla Strenge, graphics/advertising manager.
Each year the magazine and those published are celebrated with an awards ceremony held in the Frank L. Eagles Center, where guests are treated to a plated meal served in thanks to student and employee volunteers. This year’s luncheon hosted a total of about 70 guests.
Guest judge and New York Times best-selling author Ellery Adams presented winners of the student literary, student artwork and employee sections of the magazine’s contest.
Winners for this year’s Wilson Literary Review included third-place artwork winner, Dylan Johnson (“Door”); second-place artwork winner, Alyxandra Sporski (“Sunlit Maple”); and first-place cover art winner, Evan Lemons (“Ethereal”).
Literary winners were third place, Kylie Carnahan (“Wilson, NC — A Place I Live”); second place, Tammy Falkner (“Moonshine and Madness”); and first place, Alisha Hunt (“Things to Know When You’ve Lost Your Voice”).
Employee winner Andrew Walker was recognized for his piece “Coffee with the Cormorants.”
Honorable mentions also presented were JoAnn Sleeper (“Ocean Sunset”) and William Evans (“Regrets and Memories”).
Copies of the magazine are available for purchase through the Wilson Community College Foundation office.
All proceeds from magazine sales and donations go toward the Wade A. Gardner Jr. and Lonnie M. Chase Endowment for the Humanities.