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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-11-Randolph.jpgDr. Robert Randolph, chairperson of the English and Foreign Languages Department, was recently selected for publication in an anthology about coffee, published by World Enough Press, with his piece, “Cup of Blues.”

Randolph said he responded to a call from World Enough Press for poems about coffee a few months ago, and was excited to see his submission had been accepted. In “Cup of Blues,” Randolph imagines seeing old blues guitarists playing in his coffee and reflects on the memories that image creates. Randolph said the poem took years to perfect, as he worked toward developing the idea.

“Poets do things like that, re-weave time and the world we are in toward new meanings,” said Randolph. “This one, like almost all of them, has roots that go back a long time: years. I try to write the poem, but in some ways, I have to wait for the poem to own itself, take up its own identity inside all my trying; and then I have it – or it has me.”

Randolph was also recently nominated to receive the Pushcart Prize, which honors creative writing from small presses. Each small press and journal editor can send up to six works published in a year to the Pushcart editors, who select pieces to be published in a special anthology. This is Randolph’s sixth time being nominated for the honor.

“I am grateful my writing has been noticed in that way,” he said. “Although I have been nominated that often, I have yet to have a poem included in the anthology for the next year—maybe this time.”

Randolph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilmington College, Master of Arts degrees from both Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

For more information about “Cup of Blues” or about the Pushcart Prize, contact Randolph at rrandolp@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3473.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-11-Randolph.jpgRobert Randolph, chairperson of the English and Foreign Languages Department, recently published a poem, “The Mayor,” in an online journal, after working on the piece for three years.

Randolph said “The Mayor” is based on images of what the speaker would look for in a good mayor, and he spent a long time tinkering with the piece.

“I am not sure what inspired it,” he said. “Often my poems start with images that came along and seem interesting, and I write what comes along connected to it… “The Mayor” took about three years to write because I began working with one of the images long ago and never felt comfortable with whatever I wrote tied to that image, although I went through many drafts over those years.”

Over the course of his academic career, Randolph has published approximately 60 different poems in about 40 separate journals, as well as a book of poetry, dozens of essays and several articles. Randolph said that staying active in the writing community has helped him immensely as an educator.

“I believe that a teacher who ‘practices what he or she preaches’ stands a good chance of being a good teacher about that subject,” he said. “When that practice is connected to a teacher’s desire to help students share the topic, the teacher offers both theory and practice to the student.”

Randolph also recently published “The Sad Man in the Moon,” in a hardback anthology, The Moon, published by Outrider Press. For him, writing is simply part of life.

“Writers write, dancers dance, preachers preach, singers sing, teachers teach, and so on,” he said. “Whatever passion gets ‘in the blood’ of the teacher, that teacher wants to do and to share.”

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-6-A.Randolph-published.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, will have her poem, “Study in Yellow,” published in a future issue of CALYX, a Journal of Art and Literature by Women.

“Study in Yellow” was written in response to an exercise Randolph assigned to her creative writing students and can be interpreted as a poem about the creative process and how the act of writing a poem creates both a poem and poet.

“It’s always affirming experience when the editors of a prestigious journal find one’s work strong enough to appear in the journal’s pages,” said Randolph.

Randolph also recognizes the benefit to the University and prospective students.

“I believe it’s always a benefit when a faculty member publishes work related to his or her field of study,” she said. “When students are searching for a college or university that offers an undergraduate degree in creative writing, faculty publishing credentials can be vital in the student’s decision making.”

CALYX Journal is a forum for women’s creative work and has been the recipient of the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, the Stanley H. Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts, Pushcart Prizes and American Literary Magazine Awards.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7792 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Waynesburg University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students and their teachers Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Registration and check in will begin at 9:40 a.m.

The workshop will feature Shannon Reed, instructor of English at Allegheny College, and former lecturer of English at Waynesburg University.

The goal of the workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercise provided by workshop facilitators.

Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at the University, believes the event also benefits Waynesburg’s English and creative writing majors.

“I hope they gain a sense of the positive role they as writers can play in the community,” said Randolph.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by Department of English and Foreign Languages faculty and students. During the student workshops, teachers will attend a workshop facilitated by Reed. Following the workshops, there will be a luncheon and student reading.

Reed is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Washington Post. Her other credits include Poets & Writers Magazine, Guernica, The Guardian, Vulture and Eater, among others.

She is also a playwright. Her plays have been produced in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh.

Registration is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register or for more information, contact Randolph by email at arandolp@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Recent graduate Hanna Megna’s next step is to further her education in the nation’s capital.

On Aug. 29, 2016, Megna will begin earning her Master of Arts degree in contemporary English literature at George Washington University in Washington District of Columbia.

Excited and ready for her next level of study, Megna is looking forward to examining literature on a theoretical level with her professors. As she reflects back on her time at Waynesburg, Megna praises the value of the education she received at the university.

“The classes Dr. Jamie Dessart offers on theory have given me a really great base of knowledge,” said Megna. “I will be able to go into my graduate level classes with a working knowledge of concepts that my peers will only just be starting to acknowledge.”

Dr. Dessart encouraged Megna to submit a research paper to the National Pop Culture and American Culture Association’s annual conference. Megna said that the research for the paper was “both exhausting and exhilarating.” After submitting the paper, Megna was accepted to present her work in Seattle, which gave her the confirmation that this was part of God’s plan for her life. Additionally, she knew that pursuing her master’s degree was the next step in His plan.

During her time at Waynesburg, Megna said that she was able to grow because of the people that surrounded her. She was able to be independent in an environment that cared about her well-being.

“I was living on my own, but the faculty around me cared about me as a person and were always there when I needed advice,” said Megna. “I was making my own choices, but I had the input of those who had years of wisdom and knowledge.”

Megna worked at the Writing Center on campus with Jill Sunday and had independent study courses with Dr. Dessart that helped her not only gain knowledge, but also an understanding of how to apply her knowledge to both her class texts and everyday life. Megna said that she would not be where she is in her life without those two extraordinary women.

Megna furthered her knowledge outside of the classroom by being the treasurer and the president of Sigma Tau Delta during her time at Waynesburg. She credits the honor society as a great chance to be around like-minded individuals and be able to plan events that incorporated the entire department.

Looking into the future, Megna’s goal is to teach creative writing and contemporary literature at the collegiate level.

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