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Students receive creative writing awards (Released: 4/23/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Students at the University of Connecticut have been awarded prizes from the English department for their creative writing.

They will read from their stories and poems at 3:30 p.m. on May 6 at the UConn Co-op Bookstore. The public is invited to attend.

Elizabeth Bongiovanni of ELLINGTON received the $1,000 Jennie Hackman Memorial Prize for the short story, "Yielding." Bongiovanni is a junior majoring in English.

Marcel Leroux of ENFIELD, a sophomore majoring in English, received second prize for "Whales, Sandwiches, and You."

John Caine of LYME, a senior majoring in English (individualized major), received third prize for "Rubber Band Archer."

All three stories are published in Writing UConn '97, the annual undergraduate literary publication of the Department of English. The publication is available at the UConn Co-op and from English department.

Two students have received Collins Literary Prizes. The prizes are given for the best work published in Writing UConn.

Stephanie Tyburski of BALTIC, a sophomore, received a Collins prize of $800 for her story, "What Are We Going To Do Without Her" and three poems. Tyburski won a Wallace Stevens Poetry prize last year.

Michael Schiavo of SOUTHBURY, a junior majoring in English (individualized major) received a Collins prize of $400 for his three poems. He received third prize for his poetry in this year's Wallace Stevens Poetry Competition. Last year, he won a Wallace Stevens Poetry prize and a Collins prize.