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Elizabeth Dwyer

Elizabeth Dwyer is a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She plans to attend graduate school in hopes to become a college Professor. Ms. Dwyer’s poems “Decor,” and “September, closet raider,” received Honorable Mentions in Old Dominion University’s 2011 College Poetry Prize contest, Undergraduate division.

Sarah Goughnor

Sarah Goughnor is from Herndon, Virginia. She is currently majoring in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. Her poem “Thin Ice” was the Undergraduate Winner in the Old Dominion University 2011 College Poetry Prize contest. Her poem “Mango” received an Honorable Mention.

Jeffrey Turner

Jeffrey Turner grew up in Plymouth, MA. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Dickinson College. He is a first year MFA student in fiction at Old Dominion University. His poem “Punctual” received an Honorable Mention in Old Dominion University’s 2011 College Poetry Prize contest, Graduate division.

Heather Weddington

Heather Weddington has served as both a poetry and nonfiction editor for Barely South Review and a general editor for escarp. She will graduate from ODU’s MFA program with a concentration in nonfiction in May 2011. After graduating, she plans to spend some time in Mexico, teach composition back in the States, salsa dance as much as her feet will let her, and continue working on a collection of lyric essays. Ms. Weddington’s poem “Chosen Ancestry” received an Honorable Mention in Old Dominion University’s 2011 College Poetry Prize contest, Graduate division.

Wendi White

Wendi White comes to Norfolk by way of The People’s Republic of Austin, Vermont, Boston, Mexico, Guatemala, The Philippines, and originally, the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She was lured to Tidewater by a siren’s song promising fried oysters and crab cakes on a regular basis. She is now a first year student in the Creative Writing Program at ODU where she writes poetry about our only planet and its future. Ms. White’s poem “Galilei’s Glass” was the Graduate winner of Old Dominion University’s 2011 College Poetry Prize. Her poem “Benediction” received an Honorable Mention.


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