2018 McKinney Creative Writing Contest Awards Dinner Set for Thursday, April 12

2018 McKinney Creative Writing Contest Awards Dinner Set for Thursday, April 12

Date posted: 2018-04-04 10:49:42

The winners of this year's McKinney Writing Contest will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at 8:00 pm in the CBIS Auditorium.  The evening will feature a reading and Q&A by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding

The contest honors exceptional student work in the categories of Fiction/Drama, Poetry, Essay, and Electronic Media, and is funded in part by the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series.  The awards ceremony and reading are free and open to the public.

Paul Harding is the author of Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and 2010/PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and Enon (2014).  Born and raised in Wenham, Mass., north of Boston, he holds a BA from U Mass Amherst and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workship, and has taught at Harvard and the University of Iowa. He describes himself as "a self-taught modern New England Transcendentalist." He is also a drummer and was a member of the alt-rock/grunge band Cold Water Flat, which recorded and toured in the US from 1990–96.

For 77 years, the McKinney Writing Contest has recognized literary talent in various genres among undergraduate and graduate students.  The Mary A. Earl McKinney endowment was established  in 1941 by Dr. Samuel P. McKinney, a Rensselaer graduate (1884), in memory of his late wife.  The McKinney Competition is open to all Rensselaer students and is administered and judged by the faculty of the Department of Communication and Media.