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2018 INK! English Undergraduate Conference Dazzles Attendees

Students present outstanding essays and creative writing at the 2018 INK! annual literary conference


On April 13, INK!--the Undergraduate English Association at the University of South Carolina--held its annual literary conference, showcasing a number of academic and creative works by undergraduate students here at USC. Professor Ed Madden, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program and Poet Laureate of Columbia, SC, served as keynote speaker for the conference.

In addition to the presentations of students' work, several students were recognized for their achievements:

Kathleen Blackwood received the first-place prize in the "Literary Criticism" category for her writing, while Rose Steptoe took second place and Hannah Quire third place. In the "Creative Writing" category, Susan Swavely won first place for her short story, "The Birth of Arta Javier-Alvarez."

The conference's success was due largely to the work of INK! officers Mikki Antonio, Angelica McDonald, Alexis Mikalos, Michaela Reilly, Rose Steptoe, and Susan Swavely. They were aided by faculty advisor Greg Forter and the INK! award judges, faculty members David Bajo, Liz Countryman, Michael Dowdy, Cat Keyser, and Esther Richey.

Congratulations to all involved for the excellent execution of this year's INK! conference!

More on the conference can be found at the Daily Gamecock: http://www.dailygamecock.com/article/2018/04/ink-undergraduate-english-association-usc-poet-laureate-columbia