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6322- Malone University Announces Writers Prize Recipients

6322-April 7, 2012

. The Malone University Department of Language and Literature announces the results of its first Writers Prize Competition. Winners were notified at a recent ceremony, and were presented with a cash award of $100; finalists each received a book authored by one of the judges.


Winner: Paul Croce, a senior English major from Chardon;

Finalists: Caitlyn Pickard, a senior integrated language arts major from Wadsworth;

Zach Reuther, a junior exercise science major from Silver Lake

Jamison Law, a freshman biology major from Caldwell.

About Croce's poetry, judge Mary Biddinger said:

Robert Frost said that poetry "begins in delight and ends in wisdom," and I see this notion exemplified by the work of Paul Croce. This selection of poems not only demonstrates fresh, evocative imagery, and a willingness to adapt the shape of a poem to its thematic concerns, but a sense of the writer being in dialogue with poets of the past, such as Walt Whitman. I am impressed by the stylistic and tonal range in these poems, and the way they tell stories while maintaining their lyricism. There is also a clear sense of the line in this work, as the poet unfurls each image with care: "At last breath, / dreams pass in landscape // like slow blood, like the first day / we knew love and knew // it needed no words / to make." This is the work of a promising poet, one with a voice that haunts and captivates.


Winner: Joshua Graber, a sophomore English major from Akron;

Finalists: Paul Croce, a senior English major from Chardon;

Alaine Kay, a junior English major from New Lexington;

Kaitlyn Stump, a freshman early childhood education major from Jeromesville.

About Graber's story, judge Erin McGraw said:

"The Organist" is a deceptively short story for the amount of psychological and emotional ground it covers. Funny, intelligent, sharp in its details and confident in its movement, the story shows a sure hand, a clear vision, and a superbly deft hand with language that makes every sentence a sharply-turned delight. It is a treat to read work this good, and I'm grateful to the author.


Winner: Alaine Kay, a junior English major from New Lexington;

Finalists: Sara Huffstetler, a freshman integrated language arts major from North Benton;

Akash Negi, a sophomore integrated language arts major from Akron;

Christina Baad, a senior psychology major from Canton.

About Kay's essay, judge Patrick Madden said:

"Pain Management," set in a doctor's waiting room, considers the author's struggles with a debilitating hypersensitivity to pain that has no apparent cause and no cure. Interestingly, the writing focuses not on her suffering but on the questions elicited by a science textbook's standard definitions of living things. By exploring the author's divergence from her previous state of normalcy, the essay, then, asks readers to consider many things that we take for granted: how we respond to stimuli, how we share space and experience with other creatures, what it means to be alive.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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