Cameron University presents creative writing awards

Cameron University students were honored for their creative writing at the English program’s banquet in April. The fiction, non-fiction, and poetry award winners will be published in “The Gold Mine,” Cameron’s literary arts magazine.

Rhiannon Poolaw, Lawton, won the $250 prize in the 2015 Matt P. Haag Creative Writing Scholarship Award for her short story, “Fieldless Rhythms.”  The contest was established in 1996 to honor the memory of former Cameron English major Haag and was judged by approximately 40 of his family members and friends. The contest is open to all Cameron undergraduates.

Maurice Buckner, Lawton, won the $250 prize in the 2015 Leigh Holmes Prize for Creative Nonfiction for his essay “Rodeo Girl.” Cameron faculty members Dr. William Carney, Dr. Bayard Godsave, Dr. Hardy Jones and Dr. John G. Morris judged submissions for the contest, which is open to all Cameron undergraduate students. Holmes, professor emeritus of English, established the contest in 2003 to encourage Cameron students to learn to write nonfiction prose well. 

Nicholas Brush, Lawton, won the $250 first prize in the 2015 John G. Morris Poetry Prize competition for his poem “A Visit to Army Behavioral Health.”  The $150 second prize went to Lindsay Logoleo, Lawton, for her poem “Left Without a Word on a Winter Morning,” and Buckner won the $100 third prize for his poem “Once in a Crater.”  Honorable mentions went to Amanda Miller, Lawton, for “Wander Lust” and Kathleen Guill, Frederick, for “Equipoise.”  Carol Hamilton, the 1995-97 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, was the judge.  Morris, a professor of English, established the prize open to all Cameron undergraduates in 2006 in honor of his mother, the late Marian Cary Miles Morris-Zepp. 

The winning short story, nonfiction essay, and poem by Poolaw, Buckner, and Brush were nominated by Cameron faculty for the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals competition.  Winners of the national competition will be published in three national literary journals.

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May 1, 2015

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