English students attend convention; literary magazine 'Lines' wins award

"Lines from the Middle of Nowhere," Fort Hays State University's literary and arts journal, took third place among the National Literary Journal Awards at the recent Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society annual convention in Louisville, Ky.

Eight FHSU English majors attended. One, Morgan Chalfont, Hill City senior, received an undergraduate travel grant from the FHSU Graduate School in order to travel to the conference to present his short story "Brain Damage" to a panel of creative writers.

The Sigma Tau Delta conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in English to present papers they have written for college classes and to hear famous writers give keynote lectures.

Other students attending were Ian Conkey, Edmond graduate student, Justin Brown, Pratt senior, Autumn Thomas, Osborne senior, Genesis Ferch, Olathe graduate student, Theresa Kraisinger, Bison graduate student, Tami McGinness, Leawood senior, and Dominique Weismiller, Hays junior.

Two faculty members from the Department of English also attended: Dr. Amy Cummins, assistant professor, and Dr. Carl Singleton, professor.

The editor of the 2007 edition of "Lines" was Katie Edwards, Hays senior. The prize demonstrates the quality of the journal and the hard work of its contributors and Editorial Board, said Cummins.

The annual journal is funded by the Student Government Association.

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