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Five Shorter University students selected for inclusion in 'Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets' anthology

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Five Shorter University students are among the 120 up-and-coming poets whose work will appear in the forthcoming anthology, Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets. Compiled by Z Publishing, the work covers “a wide array of topics ranging from love and heartbreak, family and friendship, the inherent beauty of nature, and so much more.”

The publisher added, “Containing one poem per poet, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the greatest wordsmiths of tomorrow.

Shorter students whose work was selected are Hannah Cauthen, of Villa Rica; Meredith Howard, of Acworth; Anna Lundy, of Cedartown; Kristin Towe, of Silver Creek; and Alayna Welker, of Douglasville.

“While it is no surprise to see our students recognized for their writing talents, it is no less of an accomplishment for them,” said Fabrice Poussin, associate professor of English and French and advisor to Shorter’s literary magazine, The Chimes. “Beginning with their work in The Chimes to being noticed by the Z Publishing Group, contacted for some more of their works, to all eventually having their work chosen, speaks volumes about the quality of their poetry. These are passionate young ladies who do not hesitate to share their innermost thoughts and feelings through their words. They are caring, intelligent, and sensitive. They read the world in which they live, depict their interactions with it, and transcribe this beautifully in their poems.”

Poussin added that having five poets included in the anthology is an impressive accomplishment for Shorter’s Department of English, Modern Languages, and Liberal Arts. “This level of success in a department as small as ours is remarkable. It shows the intensity of the love for writing the English Department professors share with their students. It also underscores the quality of the education provided at every level within Shorter University,” he said.

“As we think of the age of these students, one of them a sophomore, we can only imagine how far and how quickly they will continue their progress in their chosen craft. These students are in fact no less than a testimony of the success that Shorter University fosters with an astonishing number of students. We will continue to nurture and challenge them, and are certain that this group will grow exponentially as we move forward, and teach with integrity, love, and faith.”

Cauthen is a senior majoring in English. Her selected poem was titled “Lilacious Loss.”

Howard graduated from Shorter in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Professional Writing. She is now an admissions counselor for the university. Her selected poem was titled “Fall, for Me.”

Lundy is a sophomore English major and Dance minor at Shorter. Her selected poem was titled “Dreamers.”

Towe, a senior English Education major, wrote the selected poem “Darling Birdsong.”

Welker, a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Literature, had her poem “Polished” selected.

“All of these students have already published at least once, and oftentimes more than once, in The Chimes, which is a worldwide access publication,” Dr. Poussin said. “These students were sought out by the publisher to be included in this anthology, which is extraordinary, and this is because of their work having appeared in The Chimes.”

Student Writer Joshua Fenner contributed to this story.