We knew this would give teachers an opportunity to show off their best and brightest students, and we hoped it would catch on. WOW did it!
Our first Featured Undergrad was Michael T. Mayo introduced by one of our favorite writers and writing teachers, Dorianne Laux. We send out a special thanks to Dorianne for all her kindness in nominating not one, not two, but three undergrads. In addition to Michael, Dorianne also nominated Rachel Mangum and Walden Raines. Thank you SO MUCH Dorianne! And we really liked your work Michael, Richard & Walden. We await your own submissions, and we hope to recieve them soon!
In December, Associate Editor Katie Fallon nominated two of her outstanding, award winning students, Patrick Link & Mika Rivera. Patrick & Mika were students of Kaite’s at Virginia Tech and we were very glad to have them. Thanks, Katie! Well done, Patrick & Mika!
In January, Maureen Seaton introduced us to Maximilian Hagen. We were delighted with Maximilian’s work and thank both he and Maureen for the contribution. Thanks, guys!
In February, another of Connotation Press’ heroes Allison Joseph introduced us to Jennifer Butcher. Jennifer’s poetry is as strong and well executed as the work from a teacher like Ms. Joseph would be. Again, we were delighted! Thanks Allison & Jennifer!
In March we got an extra special surprise as novelist Emily Mitchell nominated Andi Stout from our alma mater West Virginia University. This was special for us as in addition to Andi being our first undergrad fiction writer, she is also a long time friend and a former student of both Katie Fallon & me. Andi is now in the MFA program at WVU. Thank you for a special treat Emily, and WTG Andi!
Finally, our last Featured Undergrad was introduced to us by Cynthia Cruz. Saratoga Rahe is a brilliant emerging poet and we were just knocked out by her work. Thank you so much Cynthia, and great poems, Saratoga.
I am thrilled with the success of the Featured Undergrad column and look forward to publishing again, many for the first time, this wide variety of outstanding emerging artists. WRITING TEACHERS, please send us your nominations. Please! We can’t wait!