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May 11, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU’s SLAB literary magazine wins AWWP prize

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - SLAB, (Sound and Literary Art Book), Slippery Rock University’s student-produced literary magazine, has been awarded the National Program Directors’ Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the “content” category by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

The award includes a $500 honorarium.

Paul Cunningham and Tristina Marx, both December SRU English graduates, Steve McGouldrick, an English major from Sewickley, and Sheena Carroll, a communication and English graduate from New Castle, served as managing editors of this year’s edition. It was released April 18 as part of SRU’s annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

The AWP is the premiere organization for writers in the United States. Past winners include Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh.

"SLAB manages to combine a cohesive editorial vision with diversity of content, favoring language-conscious prose and poetry that take risks of one kind or another. The journal publishes a strong mix of emerging and somewhat more established writers, offering a venue for interesting work that falls just outside the purview of some better-known publications,” wrote Elise Blackwell, author and associate professor in the English language and literature department at the University of South Carolina, who served as a contest judge.

The SRU English department produces the annual publication. Mark O’Connor, associate professor of English, and Danette DiMarco, professor of English, are the publication’s co-advisers.

Note: SRU’s Good News moves to the summer, Tuesday/Thursday, distribution schedule next week.

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