Student writers earn distinction
Rebecca Bauman, undergraduate creative writing student at PSU, recently had some of her poems set to music by Ryan Jesperson, a doctoral candidate in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas. His composition entitled "Birdsongs" was presented at the eighth annual New Music Festival at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Jesperson used eight of Bauman's poems that he felt have tone and rhythm, strong images, and intriguing sound that work well lyrically in a song cycle. He analyzed actual bird songs as a basis for the melody of the song based on Bauman's poem, "Birdsong."
Jonathan Brisbin, a senior in the undergraduate Creative Writing Program, has had a second story selected as Editor's Choice for Fiction for the journal Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression (www.reliefjournal.com). His story is titled "The Life and Times of a Modern-Day Humpty Dumpty." Another of his stories, "Sins of the Fathers" was selected as Editor's Choice for fiction for an earlier issue.
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