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2013-2014 Undergraduate Award Recipients

english department

Cushing Award—for the best fiction published in a BC undergraduate publication:

  • First Place to Sophia Gorgens, "Get Lucky" (Spring Stylus)
  • Second Place to Helen Spica, "How We Start" (Fall Stylus)
  • Third Place to Zachary Frank, "The Actor" (Spring Stylus)

Dever Fellowship—a substantial grant, presented annually, in honor of novelist and BC alumnus Joseph Dever, to a graduating senior who proposes to pursue a career in writing

  • Bailey Spencer

Dever Prize for Freshman Writing—for the best essay written by a freshman in any English Course. (4 First Places):

  • Kyle Hulburd, “The Art of Listening,” nominated by Brian Zimmerman
  • Ramsey Khabbaz, “Mamihlapinatapai,” nominated by Allyson Manchester
  • Thomas (TJ) Norton, “Dirty Jobs Uncovers Real America,” nominated by Matt Knutson
  • Madeline Webster, “The Worn Pavillion,” nominated by Elizabeth Graver

Kean Award—to the graduating senior judged to be the outstanding English major:

  • Lauren Audi

Kelleher Poetry Award—cash award given annually to undergraduates who produce the best work in poetry published in BC undergraduate publications:

  • First Place: Bailey Spencer, "Calumet Strike” (Fall Stylus)
  • Second Place: Mike Kadow, "East of Kansas" (Spring Stylus)
  • Third Place: Christine DeGenaars, "The Willowemoc" (Fall Stylus)

McCarthy Prize—for best piece of creative writing by a junior or senior:

  • First Place: Ben Vadnal, "Bloom" (fiction)
  • Second Place: Zachary Frank, "The Actor" (fiction)
  • Third Place: Christine Zhao, "Shanghai, China, 2004," and "Beijing, China, 1960," (creative nonfiction)

Randall Award—a gift of books presented in honor and memory of author and BC Professor John Randall to the undergraduate writer of the best essay in the field of American literature and culture:

  • Adriana Mariella, "Hipsters, Left Conservatism, and the Aesthetics of Urban Redevelopment"

Randall Award Honorable Mentions:

  • Alexandra Machetanz, "The Verbalization of Violation in Sanctuary"
  • Emily Simon, "'The broken and myriad reflection': Mirror-Work and Non-Mimetic Narration in William Faulkner's Sanctuary"
  • Nicholas A. Volpe, "Murder, War and Culpability: Fawcett's ‘The Contrast’ and Worcester's Transatlantic Revision"