Teresa Morse, Gardner, took first prize for her original poetry at the Sigma Tau Delta International convention in Portland, Ore.
Morse, a junior English major at Baker University, took the top prize of $600 for her collection, “When No One is Looking.”
More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the event which features the best student writers in the country. A second Baker student, Parker Roth of Minneapolis, Kan.; placed second with her poem cycle, “The Pianist in the Practice Room.”
“The success of our students at this national writing conference is truly amazing, given the number of participants from all over the country, including the best creative writing programs in our nation,” Cynthia Appl, chair of Baker University’s Department of Humanities, said. “Our students brought a combination of natural ability and the skills and knowledge they developed in creative writing and literature courses at Baker to bear on their performance at the national conference.”
The Baker students submitted their original manuscripts last fall and survived multiple rounds of judging to be selected for the conference.
Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society. With more than 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately9,000 members inducted annually.