As the chair of the UM-Dearborn Writing Awards, I would like to thank all the students for their submissions this year.
Special thanks to the interdisciplinary judging panel and external judges:
Sandra Beasley (creative non-fiction), Blake Bulter (fiction), Bruce Covey (poetry), Scott DeGregorio (LPA), Francine Dolins (Behavioral Sciences), Jennifer Proctor (LCC) and Writing Program faculty PF Potvin, Lee Brooks, Thom Foy and Cathy Miller.
Congratulations to all the prize winners.
First place: Derek Greco, “The Alternate Dimension of the Comic Book Store”
Second place: Eric Bennett, “Ποφέρω”
Third place (two-way tie): Rebecca Shaw, “Casualty of War: The Emotional Struggles of One Jewish Family,” and Stephanie Jones, “Distance”
First place: Marium Zafar, “More and Less and Lost: The Treatment of Artifice and Clothing in The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost“
Second place: Danielle Gilshire, “The Matrix Technique”
Third place: Lindsey Desmet, “Gentle Giants: A study of the Toledo Zoo’s docile Gorilla gorilla gorilla group”
First place: Nina Paolini, “The Blanks”
Second place: Samantha Ehlert, “Africa”
Third place: Jacob Tropiano, “Waiting Nevermore”
First place: Melissa Gellenbeck, “A Window Pane”
Second place: Marissa Houston, “What I Am”
Third place: Stephanie Jones, “Gift”
Honorable Mention: Angela Sabella, “Colors of Creation”
First place: Pamela Yaacoub, “Orgies Rule: A Cultural Materialist Look at Sex in Brave New World”
Second place: Elizabeth Bastian, “Nice Guys Finish Last”
Third place: Natalie Judd, “Detroit Through New Eyes”
First place: Nina Paolini, “Damages”
Second place: Samatha Ehlert, “For Jack”
Third place: Laura Clark, “Taking the Right Turns”
Writing in the Public Sphere
First place: Sara Arnold, “Through the Eyes of a Photographer”
Second place: Hussein Jaward, “Marriage Equality in Michigan: How and Why We Should Establish It”
Third place: Miriam Bukhsh, “Personal Health Problems to Public Health Issues: The Human Papillomavirus”
Writing & Multiple Media
First place: Christopher Bader, “In the Red”
Second place: Danielle Gilshire, “Little Shadows”
Third place: Dominica Convertino, “The American Dream”
I wrote this piece several years ago when I tutored with America Reads in an elementary school. One day a student I was working with proclaimed something about dogs and bones and dinosaurs, which got me buzzing about my recent trip to the Natural History Museum at the University of Michigan. When I visited the museum, a ‘birds of prey’ exhibit was flying. Although awed by the snowy white owl, I couldn’t quite work it into the piece.
Fresh back from an auto history walking tour and tour of the Piquette Plant with my U of M-Dearborn students. For those outside the know, this was the birthplace of the model T and other models of Ford cars. The museum also boasts a vast array of vintage autos, including the GT that broke the land speed record a few years back, and informative exhibits on the individuals involved in transforming the face of industrial history.