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Hendrix Creative Writing Students Win Southern Lit Fest Honors

CONWAY, Ark. (February 23, 2017) – Hendrix College creative writing students were honored recently by the Southern Literary Festival.

The student literary magazine Aonian received second place honors in the print publication category. The magazine was edited by Carl Napolitano ’16. David Tate ’17 served as associate editor.

Leah Bishop ’16 received third place honors in the poetry category for her work titled “My brother wrote you a song called elegy.”

Robbie Borrello ’17 received honorable mention in the poetry category for his work titled “Manifesto.”                            

Anushah Jiwani ’17 received honorable mention in the creative nonfiction category for her work titled “Birthday Cake.”                     

"I am thrilled for our student writers and proud of their dedication to rigorous revision,” said Hendrix English professor Dr. Tyrone Jaeger. “Of course for two years running, Carl Napolitano did a great job of leading the Aonian staff. The work that the Creative Writing Program nominates for the Southern Literary Festival contest always comes out of CW courses, and the Aonian is filled with work from English and Art Department courses. The recognition our writers received from the Southern Literary Festival speaks to how much Hendrix is a community of makers, both in and out of the classroom."

The 2017 Southern Literary Festival takes place at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on March 30 – 31 and April 1. Winning writers will have their work included in an anthology, and they are invited to read at the festival. For more information, visit

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit