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Hendrix Poetry Student, Literary Magazine Staff to Receive Awards

CONWAY, Ark. (March 16, 2022) – A Hendrix College senior and the College’s student-run literary magazine will receive second-place honors at the upcoming Southern Literary Festival, set for April 21-23, 2022 at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. 

Hendrix student Sydney Boone ’23 won second place for her poem “Anthrōpophagos” in the Southern Literary Festival’s annual undergraduate writing contest.

“Sydney’s poem is one of dynamic duality: an embodied, intimate lyric that at once reaches out for its readers,” said Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry Dr. Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach. “We feel her images in our own flesh and hear their music reverberate in our ears. It is a poem that invokes and awakens our senses, and as ‘Language slips from our grasp,’ we are left wanting to experience its power again, longing to reread it after its gorgeous final line: ‘the whisper of your nails through my hair.’” 

Quinn Carver Johnson ’21 served as editor-in-chief of The Aonian literary magazine for the issue entered in this year’s contest, with Bailey Lindsey ’21 as associate editor. The current editors are Annemarie Bennett ’22 and Phillip Powell ’23.

The Aonian features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and in this issue’s case, a piece of drama. Judges called the writing “solid and distinguished,” and praised the journal’s attractive visuals, layout, and choice of paper that gave it “an impressive feel.” They also noted that The Aonian was able to secure distinguished writers as judges for its submissions: Nickole Brown for poetry and Kevin Brockmeier for fiction. (Both writers have been brought to campus in years past as visiting writers through the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs for Literature and Language.)

“I admire and applaud the inspired diligence of Editor-in-Chief Quinn Carver Johnson, Associate Editor Bailey Lindsey, and the Aonian staff as they put together a beautiful issue during trying times,” said Dr. Tyrone Jaeger, who serves as faculty advisor to the publication. “In their introduction, Quinn captures the spirit of why the Aonian is so valuable to our campus community: ‘Always, we were young, excited artists falling love with art over and over again.’ Three cheers to that.”

About Hendrix College 

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