Student Literary Journal Scores Southern Lit Fest’s Top Prize

CONWAY, Ark. (February 11, 2013) - For the second year in a row, the Aonian, the Hendrix student literary and visual arts journal, won first place in the Southern Literary Festival Creative Writing Contest.

Hanna Al-Jibouri '12 was the Aonian editor-in-chief, and Jonny English '13 was the associate editor.

Laura Klasek '13 also won third place in the short story category for "Vocatio" and Vincent "Narrative, Drive and the Difficult Hero" by Vincent Gammill '14 won second place honors in the formal essay category. Klasek will travel to the conference to accept her award and give  a reading, where she will share the stage with some important writers, including Tim O'Brien.

"I am very proud of our student writers and artists, especially Vincent Gammill and Laura Klasek," said Hendrix creative writing professor Dr. Tyrone Jaeger. "Hanna Al-Jibouri was a terrific editor to work with and she had a top-notch staff for last year's Aonian.  We're thankful for the faculty who assisted with workshops - Hope Coulter, Maxine Payne, Melissa Gill, and myself - and for the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation contest judges - Hadara Bar-Nadav, Kevin Brockmeier, Robin Becker, Rita Henry, and Eric Mantle."

"The magazine is a community effort," he added. "If you count the staff and the contributors, more than 50 students had a hand in the creation of the magazine"

More information on the Southern Literary Festival is available here.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.