Students to read winning works at writing festival

April 21, 2016
Guest Judge Debra Monroe
Guest Judge Erika Meitner

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities will host its annual Creative Writing Festival on Tuesday, April 26, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

At the festival, nine UW-Platteville student writers who received awards in the 2016 Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards contest will read their winning pieces.

The creative writing contest was open to all students who were enrolled at least part time at UW-Platteville. Awards were given for each of the two categories of fiction/creative non-fiction and poetry. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 were awarded to first, second and third place winners of each category, respectively.

Winners of the fiction/creative non-fiction and poetry contest categories were determined by guest judges Debra Monroe (fiction and creative non-fiction) and Erika Meitner (poetry).

Poetry winners included:

  • First Place: Jonathan Brumm, “Who was Ponce de Leon?”
  • Second Place: Kelsey Bigelow, “My hardest funeral...”
  • Third Place: Rosemary Carroll, “IDEA: Individual Education Plan”
  • Honorable Mention: Matthew Mutiva, “Trauma: An Overview”

Fiction winners included:

  • First Place: Elinor Burton, “World Autism Awareness Day”
  • Second Place: Kelsey Bigelow, “How to Live Without Your Mom”
  • Third Place: Tyler Reynolds, “Faint of Heart”

Creative Non-Fiction winners included:

  • First Place: Christopher Hedrick, “Slow Down, Idiot”
  • Second Place: Courtney Koeller, “Five A.M.”
  • Third Place: Emalydia Flenory, “How the Beauty Industry is Seeing Color”

At the festival, Meitner, the featured reader, will read selections from her prize-winning poetry. A 2015 US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, Meitner is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011) and Copia (BOA Editions, 2014).

The creative writing contest is named after Thomas Hickey, a former English composition and literature professor at UW-Platteville. Hickey taught at UW-Platteville for 42 years and served as a judge for the creative writing contest for nearly 10 of those years.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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