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Creative writing students present award-winning work

Mason Hood
Marissa Falcone, a student from AACC’s creative writing program, reads her award-winning poem “Green” at a Writers Reading Event on Tuesday.

Three students from AACC’s creative writing classes read their award-winning poems and short stories at an event on Tuesday.

Liza Linder, who won the AACC League for Innovations award, read “The Movement of Sheets,” Marissa Falcone, who won the Benjamin Staisloff Environmental Award, read “Green” and “Art God,” and Jessie Ehrenreich, who won Best Play in the National League for Innovation awards, read “Sheila” at the event.

“We have so many wonderful writers here,” Linder said. “The opportunity to read something to so many people is an experience for me”

At Writers Reading, which the Creative Writing Department hosts several times a semester, professional writers come to AACC to read their work to a student audience.

Falcone said she wasn’t expecting to win the environmental award because she “hated” the poem she wrote.

“When I got the news, I was really excited,” Falcone said. “I’ve usually been very shy about putting my work out into the world so I wanted to push myself.”

Falcone didn’t “initially didn’t submit” anything to Amaranth because she didn’t meet the deadline.

“I got ‘Green’ submitted for the award [and] it won the award and I got put into Amaranth through that,”

Falcone said. “It felt like a loophole.”

Linder also felt surprised that she won the AACC award.

“I’ve never done anything like this,” Linder said. “I wasn’t expecting to win.”

Ehrenreich said “Sheila” was the very first play she ever wrote.

“I’ve been writing, like, novels and short stories for 10 years now, just on and off,” Ehrenreich said. “This is my one and only play.”

Ehrenreich added: “It was hard for me.”

Creative writing professor Garrett Brown, who coordinated the event, said it “takes a lot of courage” to publish your work.

The event made Grace Whiteman, a third-year communications student, want to submit her work to Amaranth.

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