FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2007
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristin Schwabauer
Office of College Communications
WENHAM, MA-Five Gordon College senior English majors (among other Christian college students), Rachael Mayer, Jenelle Siegal, Anna Slater, Jessica Sorrells and Anna Tschetter, were recently recognized at Taylor University's first Making Literature Conference-an undergraduate conference focused on excellence in literature and writing-for their exceptional poetry. After submitting their work for review, competing with colleges and universities nationwide, these Gordon students were selected by conference administrators to attend and present their poetry at the conference.
Jessica Sorrells of Manchester, Maryland received the "Creative Writing" prize, one of the top honors presented at the conference. She was also given a $300 fellowship for her writing excellence and was asked to present a special 10 minute reading at the event banquet. Sorrells, an English Language and Literature major, and all the Gordon students honored at the conference, will graduate from Gordon this spring.
The Making Literature Conference was held February 15-17 at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and featured authors Judith Kitchen, Sven Birkerts and Paul Willis as conference speakers. Over 70 students from eight colleges, Christian colleges and universities presented poetry and academic papers on a multitude of subjects concerning literature and writing. Dr. Nancy Dayton, professor and chair of Taylor's English Department, hopes this conference gave students professional experience and allowed them to network among peers as they prepare to continue in their studies or begin their careers.
Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.