Press Release for Friday, January 16, 2015
UNF Students Take Top National League of American Pen Women Poetry Prizes
Jessica Scott, Public Relations
Department of Public Relations
University of North Florida students took top prizes in the 2014 Frances Buck
Sherman Memorial Award Poetry Competition, hosted by the Jacksonville branch of
the National League of American Pen Women.
theme “Let It Go,” UNF senior Nikcole Wiles was the first-place winner for her
poem, “Inhale, Exhale, Flick,” while Kristan Palermo, a UNF junior, won third
place for her poem, “Delirious.” Both students were awarded a cash prize at the
League’s January 10 meeting at Timuquana Country Club. The winning poems will
be published in the League’s February newsletter, as well as the Jacksonville
aspect of poetry is the ability of words to invoke empathy, which is a
fundamental principle connecting people,” said Palermo, a UNF psychology major
whose goal is to study how art impacts the brain.
surprising and exciting to be honored. I hope the participation of all the
talented writers in this competition encourages other students to involve
themselves in the local writing community,” said Wiles, a UNF English major.
the Frances Buck Sherman Memorial Award has been presented semi-annually by the
League to deserving recipients in honor of past president, artist and writer
Fran Sherman. Judging the competition was writer Carolee Bertisch, a UNF
Division of Continuing Education Osher Lifelong Learning Institute instructor
and Eve Award finalist. This was the first poetry competition the League held
in conjunction with the award. College students in Duval and St. Johns Counties
were eligible to enter the poetry competition.
1897, NLAPW has a national membership of more than 1,500 professional writers,
musicians and visual artists. The Jacksonville branch was established in 1926
and seeks to double its membership and increase recognition of talented women
in the community.
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environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through
a well-rounded education.