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Professor Sadie Shorr-Parks, Instructor of English, has been busy lately. Her essay “Attic Bats, Modern Love” was originally published in Witness Magazine, but it was reprinted in the fall 2018 edition of Utne Reader. The essay was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize in nonfiction in 2017. In addition, a book that Sadie edited entitled Becoming International:  Musings on Studying Abroad in America has just been released by Parlor Press. Becoming International is a book of flash nonfiction written by international students who want to share their stories and celebrate the unique writing voice of those learning a new language. Sadie’s book is available on Amazon or through other retailers. Congratulations, Sadie! Well done!

Dr. Carrie Messenger’s short story “Love Charm” has recently been published by Kenyon Review. An electronic version of the story is available on KR Online. Congratulations, Carrie! Way to go!

Claudia McCarron’s essay on Jane Eyre and the book of Revelation, written for Dr. Hanrahan’s Bible as Literature course, has been accepted for publication in the Sigma Tau Delta Review. This is the first time a Shepherd student will be published in this competitive journal. (Previously, Bethany Knight was published in Sigma Tau Delta’s journal of creative writing.) Way to go, Claudia! You make us very proud.

Eight students will be presenting papers first written for Shepherd University English classes at the Second Discovering the Humanities Conference at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, in September. The students who will be making presentations include Anthony Farris, Claudia McCarron, Jessica Perez, Elisha Pidcock, Alexandra Rowe, Lilli Sutton, and Claire Tyron. Good luck!